Lawrence Coulson

We Can Dream by Lawrence Coulson
The Treasure of Life by Lawrence Coulson
Our Walk To Forever by Lawrence Coulson
That Moment Of Wonder by Lawrence Coulson
Moonlight,Thames Barrier by Lawrence Coulson
A Winters Tale by Lawrence Coulson
New Dawn by Lawrence Coulson
Until Forever by Lawrence Coulson
Last of the Summer Wine by Lawrence Coulson
Duet by Lawrence Coulson
Summer Fun by Lawrence Coulson
Shoreline Red by Lawrence Coulson
The Time We Had by Lawrence Coulson
Where We Find Ourselves by Lawrence Coulson
In spite of always having a pencil in his hand throughout his childhood, celebrated and much-collected contemporary landscape artist, Lawrence Coulson only scraped a Grade D in his Art exams at secondary school; pretty much stopping him in his tracks of going on to study a creative discipline at art college then and there. So instead, Coulson opted to enter the world of retail and began his professional life in sales and marketing, where he remained until 1997. If the name Coulson rings a bell, then thereís good reason for it. Coulson Jnr is of course the son of Gerald Coulson, a critically acclaimed landscape and aviation artist who requires no introduction.

It was Coulson Snr who had encouraged his talented son to draw as a youngster, however rather than create the visual likeness of landscape vistas and panoramas or indeed, aircraft like his father, Coulson instead would repeatedly sketch cars. Over and over again. All the makes and models which appealed to him as a budding petrolhead were committed to paper with pencil, as paints didnít get a look in. all that changed when Coulson reached 21 though, as (although forging his retail management career during the day) he still wished to scratch his dormant artistic itch that simply wouldnít go away. Coulson Snr actively encouraged his son to dabble with oil paints and tasked him with copying a Victorian landscape; affording Coulson a few tips before pointing him in the direction of the canvas.

The resultant effort, whilst not being a modern day masterpiece did present enough graphic potential to convince his father that he had inherited his painting genes. Whatís more, it motivated a clearly impressed Coulson to continue his new found interest. Naturally, Coulson had been brought up surrounded by the art of his successful father, Gerald, who is widely acknowledged as one of the UKís foremost landscape and aviation practitioners. Quite literally, the family house was littered with half-dry canvases, whilst Coulson speaks of his father being holed up in the spare bedroom for hours on end originating his latest piece.

But as we mentioned at the top, Coulson Ė equally keen to manifest something on his own blank canvases Ė was more pictorially moved by a more automotive subject matter, and would render the image of cars at every opportunity. In fact, even as a youngster Coulson only ever dreamed of aspiring to the one future profession, that of car designer. But then as we also highlighted, Coulsonís grades didnít necessarily reflect his obvious talent and skillset, or more pertinently, what was required to secure a place on a college course, with a view to eventually being employed in the automotive design industry. Yet Coulson threw himself wholeheartedly into his alternative career choice of retail management and pursued his creative interests in his own time.

Going back to those first landscape pictures which Coulson realised with his fatherís guidance, and so pleased were they collectively with the fruits of his labour he arranged with the landlord to hang them from the walls of the local pub, to essentially drum up some fleeting interest. Sure enough Coulsonís initial pictorials grabbed peopleís attentions, sufficiently enough for one individual to part with £30 for an early illustrative example. Shifting a few pieces in this manner encouraged Coulson to seek further outlets for his work, and before long he was approaching local art galleries and restaurants, inviting them to showcase his quickly emerging talent.

Then came Coulsonís big break as it were in the late 1990s. on hearing that Paul Green (one decision-making half of the UKís leading art publishersí, Washington Green) was coming to visit his father (a long-standing collaborator of theirs who the had successfully represented for years) Coulson grasped the nettle and arranged for a piece of his illustrative work to be in his fatherís studio that day. In addition to this Coulson also hastily-scheduled a one-man art exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery (and requested the attendance of Green). To Coulsonís delight, not only did the influential figure in the contemporary art world turn up, but he took one look at what he saw and purchased the majority of it. And of course suggested that Coulson kept up the good work.

Over the course of the following weeks and months Coulson beavered away behind the scenes in the capacity of a potential landscape painter, whilst holding down his day job (and money-generator) of being a retail manager. However it wasnít long before the strains of attempting to balance two roles began to show; meaning that something had to give before Coulson ran himself ragged. On the 4th July 1997, Coulson handed in his notice to his employers and announced himself to the (immediate) world as a professional contemporary landscape artist. As the quality of his illustrative work came on in leaps and bounds, and on the back of a series of successful exhibitions at the Halcyon Gallery, Washington Green negotiated a publishing deal with Coulson, from which heís never looked back.

In 2003 Coulson walked off with the prestigious ĎBest-Selling Published Artistí award as presented by the Art and Framing Industry Business Awards, hosted by the Fine Art Trade Guild. The year before which he landed the title of ĎUp and Coming Artistí. Today, Coulsonís paintings are found in collections near and far, with his signature works focussing on the visually arresting landscapes local to him on the Cambridgeshire fens. Instantly recognizable by the vast skies and infinite horizons which typically dominate the canvas, Coulsonís hallmark features include the merest hint of telegraph poles, church spires or the advent of human interaction with the individual work of art.

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