Les Lawrence was born in Texas and was artistic as a child. He enjoyed exploring how things were made and put together. He had a love for hot rods and custom cars and often dreamed of designing automobiles. His early education was in commercial art and he earned a B.A.degree. After working in a large department store's art department drawing clothing and other fashion objects he continued his art education at Texas Tech University. He studied sculpture, ceramics, and watercolor painting as well as learning how to build kilns and other art equipment. His first teaching position was at Hardin Simmons University where he started the sculpture and ceramics programs. After establishing these programs he attended Arizona State University where he received a MFA degree in Art/Ceramics. He was selected to head the ceramics program at Grossmont College in the San Diego area. He taught there for 35 years, being selected Faculty of the Year before he retired in 2005. Les and his wife Jaye, also an artist, moved their studio to Carefree, Arizona where they now live.
Lawrence creates remarkable forms through photo-silkscreens on thin slabs of porcelain, printing before assembling so the imagery acts as a foundational building block rather than an after-image. Here the ‘Cup’ is loosely interpreted, a roll of porcelain — seemingly stuffed into a vessel — becomes the carrier. A second form, ostensibly skull-like, seems barbed with a twisted wire and odd ceramic buttons. Shapes have formed organically in the moments of creation, the artist allowing the collaged skin to subconsciously inform them.