Though the visceral nature of paint, mark making, the calligraphic drawn line, form, memory and emotional response to the landscape Ochre Lawson attempts to represent the diversity and awesome quality of our unique wilderness areas. Not only do her paintings come from observation but non literal colour, painterly surface, exposed line and flattening of surface all combine to create paintings that take the viewer into a realm that is less about the subject and more about the viewers response on an emotional level.
Ochre completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at National Art School, Sydney in 2007. Previous studies included a Diploma of Fine Arts at the Southbank Institute of TAFE, Brisbane in 2001and online studies in art theory and practice through RMIT in Melbourne.
Ochre has had 6 solo exhibitions at Saint Cloche Gallery(2020), Gallery 371(2019), Kensington Contemporary Gallery (2018) Chrissy Cotter Gallery( 2017, 2015) AM gallery (2012) all in Sydney. She has participated in group exhibitions at Despard Gallery - Hobart (2020, 2019); AK Bellinger Gallery - Inverell(2019, 2020); Chrissy Cotter Gallery, Defiance Gallery and Mary Place Gallery - Sydney; Watch This Space Gallery in Alice Springs; Metro Arts Gallery in Brisbane and The New York Art Fair in New York (2019).
She has been awarded public commissions for Urban Growth, Sydney (2015, 2016), NSW Transport (2014), and for Momac residential development in Canberra (2009).
Ochre has been a finalist in many art awards including the Arts in the Vallery Art Prize, NSW Parliament Plein Air Art Prize, Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, The Fishers Ghost Art Prize, Greenway Art prize, Defiance Small Sculpture Prize, the Northbridge Art Prize, the Gosford Regional Gallery Art Prize and the Waverley Woollahra Art Prize and has won awards in different categories.
Ochre was selected as artist in residence at ‘Moriumius’ in Japan in 2017 and the ‘Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiative’ in the Blue Mountains, 2012-14.
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