Teresa Lawler is a British figurative artist whose work is strongly influenced by her past career as a set designer. After completing a postgraduate course in painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, London she joined the BBC design department, leaving in 1993. She then worked both as a freelance designer and in higher education, meanwhile consistently producing her own artwork. She works in her studio just outside London.
Drawn to the filmic
Largely due to her background in television production design ,Lawler is drawn to subjects that are cinematic in terms of their lighting or architectural structure. In her paintings deep contrast is often used to create drama and lit areas emerge from dark evocative backgrounds. Figures sometimes feature, as in screen imagery, either as the main focus of works or as key elements within the overall image. She prefers to imply a narrative which is open to interpretation by the viewer.
Lawler feels that one of the advantages of working as an artist today is that of the freedom to choose the method that will most successfully convey her ideas. Dry media, oil or watercolour - each have different qualities and each are used within the framework of the highly structured content she chooses. Colour also plays a significant role in her work, influenced by time spent living and working in Singapore. This varies from the use of a single colour in many of her drawings to a strongly contrasting and intense spectrum in her paintings.
Teresa Lawler has a record of exhibiting both nationally and internationally. Her work has been shown in many large scale exhibitions in major public spaces . These include The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, the New Light Art Prize Exhibition, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and The Derwent Art Prize Exhibition.