Roberta Lawson studied drawing and painting at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Tyler School of Art at Temple, Philadelphia. She has exhibited her work throughout the south and northeast, in such venues as The Grand Contemporary, Lafayette, LA; Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, TX; Anthony Giordano Gallery, Dowling College, New York, NY; Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA, Spike Gallery New York, NY and Giacobetti Paul Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
My new work comes from a place where struggle of light and dark forces, share the playing field. A conceptual image takes root, morphing in form and expression, building surface, creating a presence. The idiom of figuration continues to fascinate me. The figure, objects and ground become symbolically located as surfaces develop. Currently the paintings are small, which allows me to work more quickly between pieces. This is an asset, as I look for impulse and rawness in execution to allow the imagery to be stark and direct. I am opening to a new reality.