T. Allen Lawson

T. Allen Lawson is drawn to the quieter side of life. Over time he has developed a discipline of patiently observing and studying the often unnoticed rhythms and subtleties of his surroundings. In his paintings he strives to build layers and textures with pigment to create the abstraction and nuanced depth he feels in nature and the world around him. “All of my inspiration and information come directly from life,” the artist says.  

Born and raised in Sheridan, Wyoming, the American West is an integral part of Lawson’s life. He studied drawing and portraiture at The American Academy of Art (Chicago). He furthered his formal studies by attending the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (Old Lyme, CT). A lifelong student, his dedication to and love of his profession are always evolving as his interests and influences continue to challenge him. 

Lawson has won numerous awards, including The 2017 Prix de West Purchase Award as well as the Robert Lougheed Memorial Artists’ Choice Award; the 2016 Prix de West Directors’ Choice for Outstanding Landscape and the Robert Lougheed Memorial Artists’ Choice Award; and the 2010 Founder’s Prize from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. In 2008, he was chosen by the President and First Lady to create the painting for the official White House Christmas card. His work has been shown in such public collections as the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the Denver Art Museum, the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Forbes Collection, Portland Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Tia Collection, Wells Fargo, and Yale University Art Gallery. The artist lives and works in Sheridan, Wyoming and Rockport, Maine.

Lawson is represented by Jonathan Cooper Gallery (Chelsea, London) and Simpson Gallagher Gallery (Cody, WY).