Lawrie Williamson was born in 1932 and educated in Derbyshire. At the tender age of sixteen he won a major exhibition prize to study at Nottingham College of Art. This led Lawrie to Nottingham University and ultimately L'Ecole des Beaux Arts, in Paris. Winner of both 'Stanley Grimm' and Cornellison prizes at the Annual exhibition of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
Lawrie Williamson established himself by painting memories of Nottingham and Derbyshire in the 1940's and 1950's. As well as studying at Beaux-Arts Paris with Arthur Spooner he also sketched with L.S. Lowry. Lawrie moved to Ireland and has been painting local Irish scapes and figurative paintings the style of which is unique to him and instantly recognisable.
His paintings are sought after by Major Institutions and Collectors worldwide. Lawrie says: " I paint the first thing God made – Light "
Brian Sewell – Broadcaster and Art Critic of the Year " Few if any, handle the medium of oil painting as well as Lawrie Williamson "