Biography

Lawson Oyekan

 

Timeline

1961 – Born in Lambeth, London, England

1985–1988 – Central School of Art, London, England (Bachelor of Art) 1st-class

1988–1990 – Royal College of Art, London, England (Master of Art)

 

Awards

2001 Grand Prix Award, 1st World Ceramic Biennale 2001, Icheon, Korea

2000 Membership International de la Ceramique, Geneva, Switzerland

1991 Fletcher Challenge Award of Merit, New Zealand

1989 Darwin Scholarship Award, Royal College of Art, London, England

 

Residencies

2006 Kunst Centret, Silkeborg Bad, Denmark

2006 Equality Foundation, Thame, Oxon, UK

2006 Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

2006 Holter Museum, Cultural Crossroads Residency: Lawson Oyekan, at the Chaucer Quarry, Helena, Montana, United States

2006 Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana, United States

2004 Maryland Institute College of Art, School of Ceramics/School of Sculpture, Baltimore, MD, United States

2003 Kunsthogskolen I Bergen, School of Ceramics, Bergen, Norway

2001 World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, International Workshop Program, Icheon, Korea

1999 Translacje, Pjotrkow Tryb, Poland

1996 Camden Arts Centre, London, England

1995 Loughborough University, School of Ceramics, Loughborough, England

1994 Chipping Norton School, Oxon, England with partner primary schools: Chadlington, Charlbury, Enstone, Greate Rollright, Great Tew, Hook Norton, Holy trinity(Chipping Norton), Kingham, St Mary’s (Chipping Norton). Residency were financially supported by Southern Arts and The Radcliffe Trust.

1993-1997 Penton School, Angel, London, England

1996-2000 Teaching Work with University of The Arts London:

1996-2000 Camberwell College London

 

Exhibitions

2023
Deep Horizons, MIMA, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, London, England
Cross Lane Projects at London Art Fair 2023, Business Design Centre, Islington, London, England

2022
4, Cross Lane Projects, Kendal,Cumbria, England, curator Rebecca Scott
A Matter of Life and Death, Thomas Dane Gallery, Naples, curated by Jeni Lomax

2011
Sculpture in the Workplace, Canada Square 1, Canary Wharf Limited PLC, Docklands, London, England (solo)

2010
Lawson Oyekan, Nelson Mandela Art Foundation, curator Adam Lavin, Johannesburg, South Africa
Lawson Oyekan, curator Hélène AZIZA rue Paul Fort, 75014 PARIS
Lawson Oyekan, Susak Expo Croatia curator Daniel Devlin, Croatia

2009
Lawson Oyekan, Sculpture Show V22 Collection Almond Building curator Sara Cranzik , London, England
Lawson Oyekan, Bernard Jacobson Gallery “Clay” curator Robert Delany London, England

2007
Lawson Oyekan, Aston Martin Meets “Art Being Healing” Aston Martin Global HQ, curator Oliver Woye and Rene Staud Gaydon, Warwicshire, England

2006
Lawson Oyekan New Works – “Oyin Ejire-Ero Amo Ro” Northern Clay Center gallery, curator Carrie Robbins, NCC Minneapolis, MN USA (solo)
Mixed Belonging Castle Museum, Nottingham NG1 6EL, England
Mixed Belongings Hawick Museum, Scottish Boarders, England

2005
Lawson Oyekan, Sikebourg Art Center Skove gallery, Silkeborg Sculpture Park, Silkeborg, Denmark
Mixed Belongings, Eight Contemporary African Makers, curator Dr. Raimi Gbadamosi with the Craft Council and BBC Africa 2005 Project, The Craft Council Gallery, London England
Lawson Oyekan and the spirit of nature, curator George Ciscle with the Exhibition Development Seminar, Decker Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD (solo)

2004
Because the Earth is 1/3 Dirt, curator Lisa Tamiris Becker, co-curators: Scott Chamberlain, Kim Dickey, Jeanne Quinn, University of Colorado at Boulder, CU Art Museum, Boulder, CO, United States

2003
Lappeenranta K’03, curator Antonio Altarriba and Eeva Kaisa, South Karelia Museum, Lappeenranta, Finland
Lawson Oyekan, Garth Clark Gallery, Long Island City, NY, United States
Lawson Oyekan, United Kingdom at SOFA CHICAGO 2003, Barrett Marsden Gallery, Chicago, IL, United States

2002
In Praise of Holes, represented at the ADAA Art Show on Park Avenue, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY, United States
Shimmering Substance, curator Barry Schwabsky and Catsou Roberts, The Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, England
Zeitweise, curators Johannes Rave and Oliver Woye, art +, Stuttgart, Germany
Ceramic Modernism: Hans Coper, Lucie Rie and Their Legacy, curator Susan Jefferies, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, Canada
Ceramics as Expression, curator Marianne Heller, Kurphälzisches Museum der Stadt, Heidelberg, Germany
Keramuze 4 ‘across the borders,’ curator Jan Katuin, Stichting Kunst en Cultuur De Bilt, RIVM, Netherlands
Kunst im Dick, curator Johannes Rave and Oliver Woye, art+, Stuttgart, Germany

2001
Lawson Oyekan Sculptour Kuniglberg, Vienna, Austria
Lawson Oyekan, curator Dr. Renate Obud, Galerie Freihausgasse, Galerie der Stadt, Villach, Austria (solo)
Sculpture in the Park, curator Lianne Jarrett, Mile End Park, London, England
World Ceramic Exposition 2001, World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Icheon, Korea
IAC Members Exhibition, Choson Royal Kiln Museum, Kwangju, Korea
The Unexpected, curator Janice Blackburn, Sotheby’s, New York, NY, United States
Towards the Future, Gallery für English Keramik, Sandhausen, Germany

2000
Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000, curator Jo Lauria, Los Angeles Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, United States
IAC Members Exhibition, Keramion Museum, Köln, Germany
Lawson Oyekan, by Oliver Woye, S+P, Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
Lawson Oyekan, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY, United States (solo)

1999
Around & Around, Galerie Achim Kubinski, Berlin, Germany
Translacje 1999, Pjotrkow Tryb, Poland

1998
Vielfaches Echo, Galerie Herrmann in Kooperation mit Staatsgalerie Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
7 Triennale der Kleinplastik, curator Dr. Werner Meyer, SBW Bank Building, Stuttgart, Germany
White Clay: From the Personal to the Profane, Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, United States
Lawson Oyekan, curator Theresa Bergne, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf PLC, London, England (solo)
Towards the Future, Galerie Desko, curator Marrianne Heller, Kortemark, Belgium
Lawson Oyekan, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY, United States (solo)
Porcelain: Twentieth Century Collection, curator Jo Lauria, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, United States

1996
Lawson Oyekan, Gallerie Anderwereld, Groningen, Netherlands
Kunst RAI 1996, curator Jan Katuin, Gallery Anderwereld, Groningen, Netherlands
British Ceramics, curator Museum of Ljubljana, Museum of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

1995
British Ceramics, curator Maria Von Finkenstein, Galerie L, Hamburg, Germany
Lawson Oyekan, curator Laura Kitchen, Leicester City Gallery, Leicester, England (solo)
Lawson Oyekan, curator Mack Bratzaski, Osiris Gallery, Botier Gallery 12, Brussels, Belgium
The Raw and the Cooked: New Work in Clay in Britain, curators Alison Britton, Martina Margetts and on-site staff, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Dunkerque, Dunkerque, France
Lawson Oyekan: “We Evolve Good,” curator Anthony Hepworth, Fine Arts/Gallery Brutton, Bath, England
Around & Around, curator Herrmann and Achim Kubinski, Espace Doual’Art, Pagode (ehem. Palast von König Manga Bell) Douala, Cameroon

 

Public Collections

Oxford Science Park, Magdalene College, Oxford, England [Public Work]

Shigaraki Museum of Art, Shigaraki, Japan

Standard Chartered Grindlays Corporate Collection, London, England

Translacje, Millennium Collection, Pjotrkow Trybunalski, Poland

Icheon World Ceramic Center, World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Icheon, Korea

Choson Royal Kiln Museum, Kwanju, South Korea

Equality Foundation LTD, Oxfordshire, UK

Silkebourg Sculpture Park, Silkebourg Art Center, Denmark [Public Work]

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Musée des arts décoratifs ” à Paris, France

Museum of Fine Art, Houston, United States

Birmingham City Council [Public Work]

Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, United States

Canary Wharf Group PLC Collection, London, England [Public Work]

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Galerie der Stadt Villach, City of Villach Art collection, Austria

The Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art, Detroit, MI, United States

The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, United States