Debbie Lawson

Installing Our House at McManus Gallery,
Dundee (photograph by Lewis Houghton)

Debbie Lawson graduated from the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins. Her work is held in the following collections: The Saatchi Gallery, The House of Lords, Nottingham Castle Museum, Mario Testino, The University of the Arts London, The University of Dundee and many others in the UK and worldwide.

Solo shows include the Fergusson Prize: Magic Carpet at the Fergusson Gallery, Perth; Our House at the McManus Galleries, Dundee, supported by the Scottish Arts Council; Living Rooms at Nordisk Kunst Plattform, Norway, supported by the British Council; and Chairway To Heaven at the Economist Plaza, London, commissioned by the Contemporary Art Society.

Recent exhibitions include the 250th Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, where her work was selected by curator/artist Grayson Perry RA as the star of the show (video), The Ruskin Prize at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield; and Eccentric Spaces at Riccardo Costantini Gallery, Turin. Her commissioned sculpture for the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail raised £20,000 at auction for the Archie Foundation's Tayside Children's Hospital Appeal.


She was born in Dundee, and lives and works in London.

'A looming hunter’s trophy of a bear, a fox getting up to urban mischief, a flock of seagulls caught in flight like ornamental ducks. The heady incense air of Arabian Nights seeps in as one feels seduced into playful reverie. Anything that infiltrates the safe realms of the family home with hints of unpredictable and uncontrollable spirit is bound to transport us directly back to childhood daydreams.'

Robert Clarke, The Guardian