Teresa Lawler RI


Teresa Lawler is an accomplished artist whose background in set design has profoundly influenced her paintings, particularly in the creation of scenic, architectural structures and the use of contrasting lighting and intense colour. Her recent work features stylised houses set in fictitious landscapes with glimpses of distant cities, enabling her to explore imaginative realms shaped by numerous references and sketches collected over time.

Lawler studied Fine Art at Northumbria University and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. She began her career in the BBC Design Department, later working as a designer and art director in television and theatre, and as an academic in the UK, Singapore, and Australia. Throughout this period, she consistently produced paintings, drawings, and installations, which were widely exhibited.

Now focusing primarily on painting, Lawler works with water-based media and oil. She enjoys layering watercolour and gouache to create depth and complexity, allowing some original marks to show through and offering viewers an insight into her creative process.

In 2021, Lawler was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) and was awarded the Winsor and Newton Prize for a group of paintings shown as a candidate at the RI's 209th exhibition. Her work continues to captivate audiences with its blend of architectural precision and imaginative landscapes.