Installing Our House at McManus Gallery,
Dundee (photograph by Lewis Houghton)
Debbie Lawson was born in Dundee and lives and works in London. She graduated from Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. Solo shows include Magic Carpet at the Fergusson Gallery, Perth; Nine Trades of Dundee; 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; Dysfuncadelia at Nettie Horn Gallery, London; and Chairway To Heaven at The Economist Plaza, commissioned by the Contemporary Art Society.
Her work is held in the collections of, among others, Charles Saatchi, Mario Testino, the House of Lords, Nottingham Castle Museum, the University of the Arts London, the University of Dundee and in many international private collections.
Recent shows include Complicity: Artifice and Illusion at Collyer Bristow Gallery, London; The Dreaming House at Newstead Abbey; and Picaresque at Ha Gamle Prestegard, Norway. Debbie Lawson was the winner of the 2013 JD Fergusson Award.
'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, November 2013