Lawrence Finney - Fine Artist

Lawrence Finney

Chicago, IL - United States

 
 
 

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Lawrence Finney

Chicago, IL - United States

Lawrence Finney - Fine Artist

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Lawrence Finney: An original artwork was auctioned through Swann Auction house in New York City in Feb, 2013 (See website below)
http://catalogue.swanngalleries.com/asp/fullCatalogue.asp?salelot=2303+++++134+&refno=++670345&saletype=(copy&paste)

This dramatic canvas is the first oil painting by this contemporary figurative artist to come to auction. Born in Brooklyn, Lawrence Finney studied art at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, the School of the Visual Arts, New York City and Warren County Community College, New Jersey. This oil is typical of the series made between 1993 and 2003 with heroic, stylized figures, greatly influenced by Charles White, George Tooker, the Mexican muralists and social realism in general. Finney’s paintings were included in the 2002 Studio Museum in Harlem exhibition Black Romantic. The Figurative Impulse in Contemporary African American Art and the 2006 University of Houston exhibition from the Collections of Corrine Jennings and Joe Overstreet.


Artist Statement

It has been written that my art gives the viewer an up-close glimpse of everyday men and women at the cusps of spiritual or emotional awakening. This was my intent as I concentrated on subject matter of people from the streets of urban cities, rural life in the South and vaguely surreal settings. For heightened impact I practiced expressive distortion of my figures, described as monumentally robust and of titanic strength, contrasted with gentle disposition and setting. An important symbolic device I utilized was the use of light, which conveyed a spiritual mood. Through light expressed in a setting's central glow or some figures emitting a supernatural glow. I was concentrating on controlled strength, spiritual depth and human potential expressed in the style of an imagined reality.

My present work now, is focused in terms of spiritual meaning, centered on my Christian faith. I am now utilizing a style more reflective of the observed natural world, light still an important element in the work, my goal being to reflect God's presence in the ordinary and everyday things of the natural world. The works are some didactic, incorporating text and some metaphorical, intended though not required to be viewed through a Biblical/Christian prism.

Education

1977-1981 Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, New York, NY
1982-1984 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1985 School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Lectures
1992 Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
2005 Central High School, Little Rock, AR

Awards

1981 Alexander Medal for Painting
Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, New York, NY

Selected One Persons Exhibitions
December, 2001 City Girls/City Boys, UFA Gallery, New York, NY
February, 2003 Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ
November, 2005 Testimony, Hearne Fine Arts, Little Rock, AR
January, 2006 From the Heart, Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA
July, 2011 Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock, AR

Selected Group Exhibitions
November, 2001 Old Masters: New Masters, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
January, 2002 Believe, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ
April, 2002 Black Romantic, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
February, 2003 The National Black Fine Art Show, New York, NY
April, 2003 Voices on Paper, Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock, AR
January, 2004 The National Black Fine Art Show, New York, NY
July, 2005 Tilford Art Group, Los Angeles, CA
June, 2009 Collaborations, Chattanooga African American Museum, TN
July, 2010 Mixing Metaphors, Howard University Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Corporate Collection
Bank of America

Selected Private Collections
Bill Cosby Actor, Entertainer
Ed Gordon Journalist for BET
Bonzie Wells NBA Basketball Player
E. Lynn Harris Author








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