Fenwick Lawson

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Fenwick Lawson
Statue of St Cuthbert by Fenwick Lawson, Lindisfarne Priory - geograph.org.uk - 1239259.jpg
Statue of St Cuthbert by Fenwick Lawson, Lindisfarne Priory
Born Fenwick Justin John Lawson
(1932-05-19) 19 May 1932 (age 85)
South Moor, County Durham
Nationality English
Education Sunderland College of Art (1951-54) and Royal College of Art, London (1954-57)
Known for Sculpture

Fenwick Justin John Lawson, ARCA (born 19 May 1932 in South Moor, County Durham), commonly known as Fenwick Lawson, is an English sculptor based in the north-east of England.

Life[edit]

Fenwick Lawson was born in 1932 in South Moor, Co. Durham and spent his childhood in the neighbouring village of Craghead. He studied at the Sunderland College of Art (1951–54) and Royal College of Art, London (1954–57), under John Skeaping and under the influence of Jacob Epstein (then in the college working on the Llandaff Christ). In 1958 and 1959, having been awarded the Sir James Knott Travelling Scholarship, he completed his studies by travel in France, Italy and Greece, being influenced by the sculptural masters such as Michelangelo and Donatello and by the simplicity of form in Cycladic art.

In 1961, he was appointed Lecturer in Sculpture at Newcastle-upon-Tyne College of Art and when this merged into Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic 9 years later (1970). He became a Principal Lecturer and Head of Sculpture before retiring from teaching in 1984.

He has been a member of various bodies, such as the Art and Architects Department of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales (1972–77), the Fabrics Advisory Committee of St. Nicholas' Cathedral, Newcastle-upon Tyne (1991–94), and the Advisory Committee for Historic Churches in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle (1995–2000). He was also visiting Lecturer at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Scotland (1987) and at the Royal Academy in London (1987–89). He has been an Honorary Member of the Northumbria Branch of the Royal Institute of British Architects since 1986, and was a trustee of Durham City Trust from 1979 to 1995.

'The Journey', public sculpture in Durham City by Lawson.

Lawson has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Durham University (2008). Durham City's new public sculpture, by Lawson is 'The Journey'. It was unveiled by The Princess Royal on 26 September 2008. Lawson was granted the Freeman of the City of Durham on 10 November 2008.

Some of Fenwick's work[edit]

Name, date, and current location.

  • Coventry Christ, 1955–1956, St Peter's, Jarrow
  • St Michael and the Devil, 1956, St Paul's, Jarrow
  • Interaction, 1962, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Holy Family, 1967, Church of the Holy Family, Grindon, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
  • The Risen Christ, 1968, St Paul's, Jarrow
  • St Bede, 1970, St Bede's, Washington, Tyne and Wear
  • Risen Christ, 1972, RC Chaplaincy, Newcastle University
  • Venerable Bede,1973, St Paul's, Jarrow
  • Pieta, 1974–1981, east end of Durham Cathedral since 2004 (shown at York Minster 1984 - 1996)
  • Cuthbert of Farne, 1984, Durham Heritage Centre (originally shown in the cloister of Durham Cathedral from 1984 to 1996; full-size bronze cast made in 2000 is on show at Lindisfarne Abbey)
  • Risen Christ, 1974, St Michael's, Houghton-le-Spring
  • Pulpit Christ, 1976, Southwick Cathedral, London
  • Lord Of The Dance, 1956, St Peter and Paul, Fareham, Hampshire
  • Annunciation, 1977, St Mary-le-Bow, London
  • Lectern with Carved Dove, 1978–79, Bill Quay Methodist Church, Pelaw, Tyne and Wear
  • Processional Cross, 1981, St Pancras Parish Church, Euston Road, London
  • Processional Cross, 1982, St Gregory's, South Shields, Tyne and Wear
  • Risen Christ, 1982, St Gregory's, South Shields, Tyne and Wear
  • Annunciation, 1982, St Gregory's, South Shields, Tyne and Wear
  • Pascal Candle, 1982, St Gregory's, South Shields, Tyne and Wear
  • Dove, 1982, St Gregory's, South Shields, Tyne and Wear
  • Trinity, 1982, Church of the Holy Trinity, Carlisle
  • Risen Christ, 1983, St Oswald's, South Shields, Tyne and Wear
  • Condemned, 1984, Ushaw College, Co Durham
  • Hostage, 1984, Ushaw College, Co Durham
  • The Scream, 1985, Ushaw College, Co Durham
  • Christ in the Tomb, 1985, (14th station of the cross, with casts of the hands of the Ascended Christ at Jarrow), 1988, east end of Durham Cathedral
  • Stations Of The Cross, 1986, St Joseph's, Wetherby
  • Our Lady, 1986, St Joseph's, Wetherby
  • Risen Christ, 1986, St Joseph's, Wetherby
  • Stations Of The Cross, 1986, Ecumenical Chapel, Youth Custody Centre, Castington, Northumberland
  • Our Lady, 1986, Ecumenical Chapel, Youth Custody Centre, Castington, Northumberland
  • Risen Christ, 1988, St Francis of Assisi, Sheffield
  • Weeping Women, 1989–90, Ushaw College, Co Durham
  • Celtic Spirit 2, 1990, Teikyo University, Durham City
  • San Damiano Christ, 1991, Beda Pontifico Collegio, Rome
  • Pascal Candle, 1991, St Anthony's, Hull
  • Spiral Floor Mosaic, 1992, The Crypt, Cathedral Church of St Marie, Sheffield
  • Risen Christ, 1992, The Crypt, Cathedral Church of St Marie, Sheffield
  • Standing Cross, 1992, St. Bede's, Bedlington, Northumberland
  • Our Lady of Bedlington, 1992, St Bede's, Bedlington, Northumberland
  • Christ Is the Morning Star, Stained glass window, 1992, St. Bede's, Bedlington, Northumberland
  • Star Of David, 1992, St Bede's, Bedlington, Northumberland
  • Altar, 1993, St Augustine's, Darlington, Co. Durham
  • Lectern, 1993, St Augustine's, Darlington, Co. Durham
  • Chair, 1993, St Augustine's, Darlington, Co. Durham
  • Font, 1993, St Augustine's, Darlington, Co. Durham
  • St Wilfred, 1993, St Wilfred's, Preston, Lancashire
  • Lectern, 1995, St Cuthbert's, Durham City
  • Memorial Processional Cross, 1995, St Cuthbert's, Durham City
  • Stained Glass Sanctuary Screen, 1995, St Mary's, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear
  • Hidden Life, 1996, St Wilfred's, Preston, Lancashire
  • Annunciation, 1991, St Francis of Assisi, Hull
  • Cross, 1991, St Francis of Assisi, Hull
  • St Augustin, 1997, St Augustine's, Darlington, Co. Durham
  • Derry Cross', 1998, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • Stained Glass Screen', 1991, St Benedict's, Garforth, Yorkshire
  • Cuthbert's Journey or The Journey, 1999, from 2005 at St Mary's, Lindisfarne (first shown at The Red Box, Newcastle-upon-Tyne;
  • Beda Bede, 2001, Beda Pontifico Collegio, Rome
  • The Wheel Cross, 2001, Gospel Garden, Lindisfarne. Also Bronze Cast thereof at St Aidan's College, Durham
Wheel Cross by Fenwick Lawson

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