Elisabeth Lawrence is a contemporary Australian artist.
She studied at Brisbane Institute of Art as well as undertaking partial studies in Architecture and Fine Arts at the Northern Territory University in Darwin. She graduated with a Diploma of teaching from the Brisbane College of Advanced Education and has undertaken a partial degree in Bachelor of Surveying at the University of Queensland.
Her artworks represent the local suburbia and its surrounds using slight metaphysical methods. She uses exaggerated classical architecture, unusual perspective and incongruous objects to represent who we are, our society, and simply our way of life. Many of her pieces also represent animals in surrealist settings to metaphorically portray the passage of life.
Elisabeth’s use of colour in her paintings reflects the many years she spent in the outback of Australia, in particular the Simpson Desert, as well as time working in Kakadu National Park as a teacher. Elisabeth’s observation of colour and elements are blended together to reflect images of suburbia.
As well as her paintings on canvas, Elisabeth also has a keen interest in etching and produces striking pieces using contrast and detail to great effect. A number of her etchings have won prizes.
Artists that have had a major influence on Elisabeth’s technique with light, colour and form include Russell Drysdale, Jeffrey Smart and Edward Hopper.
Elisabeth has exhibited her work mainly in Sydney, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. As well as solo exhibitions, her paintings continue to be selected for various group, regional, national and international art exhibitions. Highlights include twice finalist in the International Cricket Art Prize, Sydney and twice selected for the ‘Churchie’. Her work has been in The Tattersall themed art prize, Redcliffe 15 Artists and The Moreton Bay Art Prize.
Elisabeth has also received special mentions and High Commendations and was awarded the Brisbane Institute of Art’s Metcalf Award and the Printmakers Prize. Recently she was awarded Third Prize in the ‘Diversity in Print’ competition from the Royal Queensland Art Society. She was also commissioned to paint the book cover for ‘The Plague of Dreamlessness’ by M. Reese Kennedy.
As well as private buyers, Elisabeth’s work is also in various corporate collections and one of her paintings is represented in the Moreton Bay Regional Art Collection.
In Queensland, Elisabeth exhibits her work exclusively with Tiffany Jones Fine Art at Buderim on the Sunshine Coast.