Inger Lawrance

Artist and Illustrator

Inger Gjertrud Kastberg Lawrance (1922-2005) was an artist and illustrator working in the UK. Born in Copenhagen, she married Roland Lawrance in 1945 and in 1947 the couple moved to the UK. Their son Stephen was born in 1948 and in 1958 the family set up home in Blackheath in London. In the 1960's Inger studied for a DipAD at Goldsmiths College, now part of the University of London.

Her many solo and group exhibitions included shows in Cologne, Tokyo, Berlin, Edinburgh, London, Birmingham, Durham and Berwick.

Work by Inger is held in many private collections and also in public collections at:
Graphothek, Berlin, Germany
Northumberland County Library
The Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Hanagawa Prefectural Museum, Yokohama, Japan

Early work in both oils and in metal construction showed that she was as confident using a welding torch as a paintbrush. From the mid 1980s, after being awarded a travelling fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in 1984, Inger journeyed to Japan and the USA studying printing and woodcuts in detail. She spent two months in Japan and a month in the USA and printing became her medium of choice in later years. She provided illustrations for a number of highly sought after privately printed books. Even in her eighties she was always keen to adopt new methods and began experimenting with computer graphics.

Sadly, Inger died of diabetes and pancreatic cancer in 2005 but she has left a great legacy that will inspire both artists and collectors for years to come.

As there is little information in the public domain about Inger and her work, through this site I am trying to build up as much detail as possible about her as she is an artist who deserves much wider recognition. The site will be developed further as more information becomes available.

If you can contribute any detail - no matter how small or seemingly insignificant - worked or exhibited with Inger, have copies of exhibition catalogues that include her work, knew her, or especially if you have any of her work in your own collection I would be delighted to hear from you. Please send your contact details using the form below and I will reply straight away. Don't worry, you will NOT be added to any mailing list or get any spam as a result.

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Some exhibitions that included work by Inger:
1980
30th August to 30th September
Woodlands Art Gallery (now closed), Blackheath, London, UK - (with Ray Auker & Dave Edmonds - paintings, prints and sculpture)
1981
Galerie Bodo Glaub, Cologne, Germany - (solo - paintings & prints)
1984
Wandle Gallery (now closed), Sutton, Surrey, UK - (solo - paintings & prints)
Hanga-Kan Gallery, Tokyo, Japan - (solo - prints)
1985
Calouste Gulbenkian Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - (solo - paintings & prints)
Washington Arts Centre, Washington, Tyne and Wear, UK - (with Northern Print)
Crawford Centre for the Arts (now closed), University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK - (with Northern Print - prints)
1986
Van Mildert College, University of Durham, Durham, UK - (with Northern Print - prints)
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK - Theme: 'Japonisme' - (with Northern Print)
1987
Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, UK - (solo - paintings and prints)
Rathaus Galerie, Reinickendorf, Berlin, Germany - Invited by Berlin 750-year Jubilee - (with Greenwich Artists/Printmakers)
1988
Galerie Im Hof, Berlin, Germany - Invited by Berlin 750-year Jubilee - (with Greenwich Artists/Printmakers)
1989
Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, UK - (with Tessa Beaver - prints)
Picture Gallery, Chambers Institution, Peebles, UK - (solo)
February
Woodhorn Church Museum, Newbiggin, Northumberland, UK - (solo)
June
Bondgate Gallery, Alnwick, Northumberland, UK
1990
April
The Scott Gallery, Hawick Museum, Hawick, UK - (solo - paintings and prints)
1991
5th to 27th April
The MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling University, Stirling, UK - Impressions from Stone, Wood & Water (solo)
Travelling exhibition around Northumberland, UK - (solo)
Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, UK - (solo - paintings and prints)
Windmill Hole Studio (now closed), Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, UK - (with Rei Yuki)
1992
Windmill Hole Studio (now closed), Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, UK - 'Is It This Way Up?' - (with Laura Gethen Smith)
1993
14th May to 27th June
Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, UK - (solo - paintings and prints)
Hexham Abbey, Hexham, Northumberland, UK - 'The Unending Vigil' - (group show with Laura Gethen Smith and others)
Windmill Hole Studio (now closed), Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, UK - Small works Christmas exhibition - (group show with Laura Gethen Smith and others)
1996
24th June to 27th July
University of Durham library, Durham, UK - Books & Prints from Private Presses - (solo)
2000
Teiko University of Japan, Durham, UK
Barbican Centre, London, UK - Artists' Book Fair - (group show with Laura Gethen Smith and others)
2002
3rd to 24th February
Harlequin Gallery, London, UK - (with Yuriko Hill)
17th May to 30th June
Berwick Museum & Art Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, UK - (with Laura Gethen Smith)
William Howard Centre, Brampton, Cumbria, UK - (solo)
2003
The Scott Gallery, Hawick Museum, Hawick, UK - (with Laura Gethen Smith)
Robson Gallery, Halliwell's House Museum, Selkirk, UK - (with Laura Gethen Smith and sculptor)
2004
South-East Open Studios, UK - (with Laura Gethen Smith - exhibition of Inger's books)
I would like to thank the following for their invaluable help so far:

Stephen Lawrance, Inger's son, for the wealth of information he has provided, and for allowing me access to the huge archive of her work in the family collection.

Nigel Walker, photographer and printmaker, Inger's partner in later life.

Ray Auker who shared an exhibition with Inger and Dave Edmonds at Blackheath in 1980
David Burnett whose poem, 'The Island', Inger provided the illustrations for.
Laura Gethen Smith abstract artist who, as a great friend of Inger's, shared many exhibitions with her.
Angela Lemaire printmaker and painter who occasionally shared the facilities at Inger's studio in Berwick-upon-Tweed
Frances McDowall who published Kevin Crossley-Holland's translation of the Anglo-Saxon 'The Seafarer', which was illustrated by Inger.
Althea Greenan - The Women's Art Library, Special Collections Library - Goldsmiths, University of London
Alex McLaren who printed the first edition of David Burnett's poem, 'The Island', which Inger illustrated
Martyn Ould who published Desmond Post's work 'Antigone', and commissioned Inger to produce the woodcuts to illustrate it.
David Paterson - August 2015

Unless otherwise stated, all images on this site of work by, or attributed to, Inger Lawrance are reproduced by kind permission of Stephen Lawrance and The Inger Lawrance Estate.
All images of works by Inger Lawrance reproduced on this web site are Copyright © The Inger Lawrance Estate and may not be reproduced in any form whatsoever without prior written permission.

Inger Lawrance - Artist and Illustrator