Lawrence Matthews III
Lawrence Matthews III, biography
Born in Memphis, TN in 1991, Lawrence Matthews III came from a family who encouraged him to be an artist from a young age. Being raised in a racially tense environment his experiences and interests manifested themselves in his visual art. Matthews graduated from Germantown High School in 2009. After experimenting with different styles and influences, Matthews came into his own creating art combining Post Modernist, Pop Art, and contemporary influences to tell the story of the African Descendant living in America. His work ranges from oil paintings, to collage, photography, and ready-made sculpture, to music and film. A recent recipient of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Memphis, he has shown work in multiple group exhibitions around the mid-south. He was awarded “Best of Show” in the University’s 31st Annual Juried Student Exhibition in 2014. He also was awarded the Deans Creative Achievement Award and Department of Art Creative Achievement Award in 2015. Matthews has also had many solo exhibitions spanning painting, photography, and installation.
2016 ArtsAccelerator Grant
Lawrence plans to put the money towards purchasing materials to create and space to properly do so. The inability to purchase materials has always plagued his creative process. Now out of school with more responsibilities, money is divided even thinner.
The funds will go toward creating multiple bodies of work that I believe could take my career to the next level.
All photos courtesy of the artist.
Grant Close Out Video
At the end of this grant preiod we asked videographer Lawrence Shaw and a member of the Artist Advisory Council, to visit Lawrence in his studio to get an update of the new work he has been doing over the past year.
ArtsAccelerator: An Incentive Grant for Visual Artists
Learn more about the grant HERE.