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MA Fine Art Royal Academy London

Contemporary Artist

Painting - Sculpture - Drawing - Prints

Contact Sand
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I remain fascinated by the human condition and take inspiration from everything around me and out there. My curiosity drives a need to try and reach a greater understanding of myself, my fellow humans and all that exists above and below.

While the universe spins and throbs above us we struggle to untangle aspects of our lives - our dreams, nightmares, the winning, the losing and the trying. Through archetypes, myth and metaphor we strive to find new ways to extract meaning. 

Every day is a new coming to terms with being a minuscule, but a perhaps intrinsic part of a mostly unknown, unknowable, immeasurable, multi-verse and the complex feelings of awe, wonder, fascination, frustration, fear, indifference, resignation and hope that this inspires.

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I work in any medium that I feel shows my ideas most succinctly at the time. Sometimes this is with paint and canvas or fabrics, other times with print and digital and often with different objects. 

I am passionate about recycling things and I like to use previous work as well as objects that carry the human touch and hold memory. Again and again I find myself returning to previous works and everyday objects and redeeming them through transformation into a new thing, another way of being.

I like to use materials and processes that catch the eye, seducing the viewer to look and then look deeper. Often through beauty but through revulsion and discomfort too.

For me, being an artist is an amalgamation of intellect, skill and the ability to communicate to a viewer what the artist has seen or imagined.

I have always been making but when I eventually started studying fine art at 36,  the words and ways of the creative process came alive and added an intellectual, more focused component to my art practice. I began to understand my motivation behind the urge to create.  I do what I do because I am compelled to for the reasons stated above.

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'The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.'

Samuel Johnson


I have always had a strong desire for change which manifests in the diversity of my work. This constant desire for difference and stimulation, flow, flux, and movement, feels like a physical need and imperative for my creative development.


This same need to explore and encounter the unknown has meant that travel has been a big part of my life for the last 20 years or so. I have set up makeshift studios in many different places and cultures, producing work directly from my environment.


As the world has returned to some kind of normal post-Covid, (this, unfortunately, needs some serious updating) I have started my walkabouts again and have been on the move for 6 months. 

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PRETTY UGLY Sand Laurenson Artist at Thames-Side Studios London June 19th  July 2021


Summary of exhibitions, last 10 years only. Please get in touch for more details.

 LATEST: Thames-Side Studios Gallery: ‘Pretty Ugly (19 Jun-4 Jul 2021)

2017 Kings Hill Gallery London Feb – May  

2016 Hinterland Gallery Group show ALIENNATION Folkestone Creative Quarter 
2016 Solo: The Stables Gallery and Studios, Tontine Street, Folkestone. 
2015: 3 Months @ SELFRIDGES Window Installation Oxford Street London See details
Landseer Sculpture prize 
Henry Moore Sculpture prize 
Bovis travel award 
Ray Finnis Trust award