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 from Denmark to the UK. Their son Stephen was born in 1948 and in 1958 the family set up home in Blackheath in London. During 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 from complications due to diabetes and pancreatic cancer in 2005 but she has left a great body of work that will continue to inspire both artists and collectors for years to come.

Her legacy also lives on in the form of the annual Inger Lawrance Awards. These are awarded to two students at Oxford University, one from the History of Art Department, and the other from the Ruskin School of Drawing.

When I first started my research into Inger's work I found that there was little information about her available in the public domain. My contacts with both Stephen, her son, and her many friends and colleagues have proved invaluable but there is still a long way to go. Through this site I am building 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.
With Stephen Lawrance's kind permission and help I have now put together the beginnings of an Inger Lawrance Catalogue Raisonné with details, together with images where available, of over three hundred of Inger's paintings, prints, drawings, and many other works. The information has been drawn from personal sources, exhibition catalogues, library records and online research and is by no means a complete or comprehensive record. There may also be inaccuracies and errors. Further detail will be added as soon as it is 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 included 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:
30th August to 30th September
Woodlands Art Gallery (now closed), Blackheath, London, UK - (with Ray Auker & Dave Edmonds - paintings, prints and sculpture)
Galerie Bodo Glaub, Cologne, Germany - (solo - paintings & prints)
Wandle Gallery (now closed), Sutton, Surrey, UK - (solo - paintings & prints)
Hanga-Kan Gallery, Tokyo, Japan - (solo - prints)
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)
Van Mildert College, University of Durham, Durham, UK - (with Northern Print - prints)
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK - Theme: 'Japonisme' - (with Northern Print)
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)
Galerie Im Hof, Berlin, Germany - Invited by Berlin 750-year Jubilee - (with Greenwich Artists/Printmakers)
Woodhorn Church Museum, Newbiggin, Northumberland, UK - (solo)
Bondgate Gallery, Alnwick, Northumberland, UK
9th September to 4th October
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, UK - (with Tessa Beaver - prints)
Picture Gallery, Chambers Institution, Peebles, UK - (solo)
The Scott Gallery, Hawick Museum, Hawick, UK - (solo - paintings and prints)
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)
The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, UK - A Japanese Festival Exhibition - (woodcuts and paintings) - joint exhibition with "Prints by modern Japanese artists", and with "Ceramic bowls - with hints of Japan" by Ian Hird.
1st to 9th May
Windmill Hole Studio (now closed), Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, UK - 'Is It This Way Up?' - woodblock prints (with Laura Gethen Smith - works on paper)
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)
24th June to 27th July
University of Durham library, Durham, UK - Books & Prints from Private Presses - (solo exhibition)
Teiko University of Japan, Durham, UK - solo exhibition
Barbican Centre, London, UK - Artists' Book Fair - (group show with Laura Gethen Smith and others)
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)
3rd May to 1st June
The Scott Gallery, Hawick Museum, Hawick, UK - (with Laura Gethen Smith)
4th October to 31st October
Robson Gallery, Halliwell's House Museum, Selkirk, UK - (with Laura Gethen Smith and Dick McTaggart)
South-East Open Studios, UK - (with Laura Gethen Smith - exhibition of Inger's books)
Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, UK - (solo - retrospective)
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 that remains in the family collection.

Nigel Walker, photographer and printmaker, friend of Inger 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.
Elizabeth Hume - Visual Arts Officer, Hawick Museum
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 - February 2017

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