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Lawrence Coulson

Following in the footsteps of his famous father, Gerald, Lawrence has enjoyed sell-out success of his work since becoming a professional artist in September 1997.

As a child, Lawrence grew up surrounded by his father's evocative paintings which inspired him to start painting. Mad about cars, Lawrence was often given a blank piece of paper to draw his favourite models over and over again. Despite his love of art, Lawrence left school with only a grade 'D' in the subject, going to work in retail and eventually taking up a position of sales and marketing manager for a local family firm.

It was during this time that his father once again encouraged him to pursue his artistic talent by suggesting that he should try painting. The first results were very encouraging. A few months later, with several paintings to his name, Lawrence was given the opportunity to hang some of his work in a local pub in Cambridge - a week later he had sold his very first painting for 30.00

Throughout the 1980's, Lawrence continued to paint in his spare time, gradually building up a reputation with local galleries who were selling more and more of his work. His "big break" came in the summer of 1996, when a restaurant owner friend suggested he display his work on the premises on a commission free basis.

The restaurant owner then suggested holding a private exhibition of Lawrence's work which Lawrence organised and marketed. He decided to invite The Halcyon Gallery along to his show, and they were so impressed with his work that they bought virtually every picture at the exhibition.

Over the next year, Lawrence worked flat out on his paintings in his free time to keep up with demand, while still holding down his full-time job as manager. It was only at the point of complete exhaustion that Lawrence realised his career decision had to be made, and on Independence Day 1997 he declared himself officially an artist.

With galleries selling out of his work at exhibitions, public interest was rising and Lawrence was going from strength to strength. Lawrence paints in oil on panels layering glaze upon glaze, a similar technique to that used by the Old Masters. His paintings have been described as "traditional paintings in a contempoary manner".

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