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Of all that is art nature is the finest, the ongoing process of creation. It seems like a playful process, as effortless as birds soaring, and leaves or snowflakes swaying in a gentle wind. I find it most enjoyable and peaceful when I'm able to let go of that "ego". Then painting feels like both playing and soaring. It's very hard to explain, a journey of sorts, and one I describe as full of "unexpected pleasant surprises". Perhaps all of this is an aspect of what they call "the divine feminine"? That's something I believe in, though it is so mysterious. Perhaps this is why my art tends to portray that side of life? I also believe what Nietzsche once said, "Art without love is nothing."
Lawrence's art involves three stages. First there are the drawings, mostly abstract and figurative. Then he does collages of natural material, such as leaves or pieces of an orange or a pineapple. Next, these are scanned and combined into what becomes an electronic canvas. It is only then where he plays with the images on-screen, where tiny details may become larger than life in the final piece. More drawing and painting goes into this third stage, where the detailed imagery takes on its final form. He often combines minute, tiny images within the larger, broad image. In these cases the art is almost Mayan in that the images that one's eyes are drawn to will vary substantially, depending on one's distance from the picture . . . these too are pleasant surprises. Once finished, each piece can be printed and then embellished by hand to create a one-of-a-kind work of art, which is held privately.
Overall his art is actually ambidextrous. He is left-handed in his drawing on paper, but right-handed for everything on-screen.
In summary, here is how one critic describes his technique, "Lawrence`s unique choice of combining his drawing, natural found objects and digital painting represent an evolved and mature art language."
- Laara Williamson, professional artist from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.
Also, his art is actually ambidextrous.
He is left-handed in his drawing on paper, but right-handed for everything on-screen.
Lawrence learned to draw while at Brandon University. He also studied art history as part of the MFA program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Additionally, he honed his sense of color and composition while designing gardening catalogs, working with thousands of images of roses, evergreens, tulips and hundreds of other plants.
Some of his art is in private collections in North America as well as in parts of Europe.
To find out more about Lawrence, visit his blog:
Lawrence Grodecki - Art, writing, and other musings
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