Lawrence Morton is a contemporary abstract painter living in Toronto. Largely self-taught, he studied art and art history at Queen’s University and the Toronto School of Art.
Over the years he has exhibited his works at Cabbagetown Arts and Crafts Festival, Riverdale Artwalk, Artfest Toronto, ArtWalk in the Park, the Slanted Door Gallery and at the Starving Artist. In 2019, he was awarded The Denis Diderot A-i-R Grant at the Chateau d’Orquevaux Artist Residency Program in France.
His large scale paintings are a unique mix of careful planning and chance. Using a variety of tools such as customized squeegees, palette knives, brushes and his hands, Lawrence creates unique, emotionally-charged works of art that are both inspiring and thought-provoking.
Lawrence’s creative process involves building up anywhere from five to 15+ layers of paint and then gradually stripping them away, revealing a complex interplay of colours, shapes and textures.
Influenced by painters including Gerhard Richter, Willem de Kooning, Larry Poons and Cecily Brown, Lawrence’s dramatic and dense non-representational compositions are carefully constructed artistic statements that ultimately allow the viewer to embark on a journey of self-discovery and wonderment.