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Carl Lawson: The Lost Works art exhibition at the Mine Gallery, Carshalton

PUBLISHED: 16:47 10 August 2015 | UPDATED: 17:28 10 August 2015

Man Reading (detail) by Carl Lawson

Man Reading (detail) by Carl Lawson

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A truly unique story surrounds an exhibition at the Mine Gallery, Carshalton, this summer. Earlier this year, the gallery owner, Andrew Candy, was alerted to the discovery of new artworks by the artist Carl Lawson, a reclusive painter from Sutton.

Still Life Flowers and Plant (detail) by Carl LawsonStill Life Flowers and Plant (detail) by Carl Lawson

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine August 2015

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“The discovery of Carl’s work was brought to my attention by a man who bought a boarded-up house in Beddington,” says Andrew. “When he started renovations, he was amazed to find hundreds of paintings that turned out to be by this once-prominent artist who left his house in the 1980s to live in a north London commune. Carl’s experimental and dynamic paintings, produced over a period of about 30 years, had lain untouched in the house ever since.”

A former pupil at Archbishop Lanfranc School in Croydon, Carl Lawson was one of the boys that dropped out of the school’s ill-fated trip to Norway in August 1961 when the plane crashed, killing all on board, including members of staff and fellow pupils. He went on to study at Camberwell School of Art in the 1960s under such luminaries as Auerbach, Kossoff, Uglow, and Procktor. His work, which is mainly in oils, shows influences from members of the Borough Group and references to the Beat Generation and 1960s counterculture.

“Carl’s paintings and story provide an intriguing and very personal account of a dynamic period in art and social history,” says Andrew. “Around 40 of his works are for sale in the exhibition, which will hopefully bring additional information about Carl out of the woodwork.”

Lawson died in 2011, having never had the opportunity to fully share his art in the public domain.

• Carl Lawson: The Lost Works runs at the Mine Gallery, 30-34 High Street, Carshalton SM5 3AG until Saturday August 29. Web: mineonline.co.uk

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5 more exhibitions at Surrey art galleries

• Watts Gallery in Compton presents the first major exhibition in more than 40 years to explore the life and career of Richard Dadd (1817-1886), a fascinating Victorian artist who created fantastical paintings. Runs until Sunday November 1. See wattsgallery.org.uk

• Surrey Sculpture Society, whose members create highly original pieces using glass, metal, ceramic, bronze, resin, stone, wood and found objects, is staging a major exhibition at the Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames, until Monday August 17. See riverhousebarn.co.uk

• Warhol and the World of Pop Art, a vibrant exhibition featuring the work of world- famous artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg, runs at The Lightbox art gallery in Woking from Saturday July 25 until Sunday November 1. See thelightbox.org.uk

• The expressive creations of three Surrey artists, Frances Jordan, Henriette van der Does and Marion Deacon, come together to form an exhibition called Nature’s Essence, running at the Fountain Gallery, East Molesey, from Tuesday August 18 to Sunday August 30. See fountaingallery.co.uk

• Five artists come together to offer a spectacular collection of stunning equine images, sculptures and original linocut and screen-prints, in support of the charity Mane Chance, just outside Guildford. Caroline Jackman, Lisa Mardell, Alessia Mestrone, Carol Orwin and Fleur Robertson reflect the heart and soul of the horse in their show at the New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, from Friday August 21 until Saturday October 3. See newashgate.org.uk

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