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Peter Max Lawrence

United States 1977

Sculpture, Photography, Video Installation, Painting, Drawing

Peter Max Lawrence
Peter Max Lawrence
United States
November 16, 2015
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Peter Max Lawrence is an American visual artist who works in a variety of media and styles including painting, drawing, sculpture, video installation and photography. Born on March 19, 1977 in Topeka, Lawrence soon moved to Kansas City with his adoptive parents, where he grew up. He graduated from Kansas Community College in 1996, and then from Kansas University in 1997 in Fine Art. He later moved to San Francisco, where he enrolled at City College of San Francisco in 2003. Lawrence also holds a BFA degree from San Francisco Art Institute, which he obtained in 2008. Owing to his extensive education and experience he gained during his academic training, the artist creates content that has earned him both public and critical acclaim.

Lawrence’s massive body of work includes performances, visual art and videos, through which he investigates a variety of themes. The Battle of the Last Goodbye is an installation that was featured in a duo exhibition called At War, which included the artworks of Truong Tran, a poet and artist. The installation consisted of thousands of sculptures, paintings and videos, and it took place at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco in 2012. Another critically renowned artwork is an autobiographical short film titled Queer in Kansas, which had its debut in 2007 at San Francisco Art Institute. Since then, the film has been shown at numerous international LGBT film festivals, including Frameline.

Drawings by Peter Max Lawrence

Peter Max Lawrence - PML6, 2008, PML45, 2011 and PML42, 2012 - Copyright Vertical Gallery
Peter Max Lawrence – PML6, 2008, PML45, 2011 and PML42, 2012

Lawrence has shown his work in numerous galleries throughout Canada and the United States. He was a part of countless group and one-person exhibitions, and he took part in numerous festivals. His first solo gallery show, Lunching with Lesbians, took place in 1999 in Planet Gallery from Kansas City. That same year, the American participated in River Market art fair in Kansas City, and later, in 2013, in CollectLA in Los Angeles and Foundation Art Fair in San Francisco. He was also the recipient of CAAC fellowship in 1999, and the Garber Grant, which he received two years later. His artworks were also featured in many publications, and are in numerous public and private collections.

Peter is represented by Vertical Gallery from Chicago.

Peter Max Lawrence resides and works in San Francisco, California.

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All artwork images are courtesy of Vertical Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013!@#$%Mission: Comics & Art, San Francisco, CASolo
2013Bad Booth and BeyondFountain Art Fair, New York, NYGroup
2013Meta-Force, Squeaky Wheel’s Peepshow 2013: Hot Mess!Dnipro Ukrainian Center in Buffalo, NYGroup
2013Together: Batman on RobinMission: Comics & Art, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012Magickal Marvels: Ethos, Mythos, and PathosJames C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center - San Francisco Public LibrarySolo
2012The Ghost ShowGallerí Klósett, Reykjavík, IcelandSolo
2012At War (with Truong Tran)SOMArts, San Francisco, CADuo
2012SeenVisual Aid Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Here Comes The RainHer Majesty's Secret Beekeeper, San Francisco CASolo
2011Bakdyrma-Egin – MenningarnóttReykjavík, IcelandGroup
2011The Feel of Water Krowswork, Oakland, CAGroup
2011The Cries of San Francisco with Allison SmithSouthern Exposure, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010Prey for Us, Little BirdSan Francisco, CASolo
2010The Paper TrailWhiskey Thieves, San Francisco, CASolo
2010Home Theater FestivalThe Tornado, San Francisco, CASolo
2010Sweet Stink of StigmaMagnet, San Francisco, CASolo
2010Little Gems Underglass, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010Visual Aid's Big Deal SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010A Book About Death SAL Art Gallery, Brookville, NYGroup
2010Halloween SQUART! The Lab , San Francisco, CAGroup
2010Spectrum - Access Institute Art Auction Mezzanine, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010Postcard ShowThe Lab, San Francisco CAGroup
2010Invitación Arte Correo National Institute of the Art, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2010Yeti Test + Memories of UsSOMArts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010Queer in Kansas (screening)SOMArts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010The Cult of the Chocolate BunnyTheives Tavern, San Francisco CAGroup
2010Too Much! Queer Performance MarathonMama Calizo's Voice Factory, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009Midnight Moth & Bug Issue #1 vol.3The Tiny Gallery - Big Think Studios, San Francisco, CASolo
2009The Ritual RestraintTheives Tavern, San Francisco CAGroup
2009Aesthetic AnarchyFivepoints Arthouse, San Francisco CAGroup
2009Postcard ShowThe Lab, San Francisco CAGroup
2009Alchemy ShowMachines with Magnets, Pawtucket, RIGroup
2009Tides Foundation MomentumW Hotel, San Francisco CAGroup
2009[after]lifeVisual Aid, San Francisco CAGroup
2009Simply NinaThe African American Art & Culture Complex, San Francisco CAGroup
2009A/V XPLO111 Minna, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009Warholicsde Young Museum, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009Factory PartyHero Arts Warehouse, Emeryville CAGroup
2009Making SpaceDivisadero Community Gallery, San Francisco CAGroup
2008The Collage ShowWhiskey Thieves, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008This Show Needs YouSan Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2008The Drawing ShowWhiskey Thieves, San Francisco, CAGroup
2007The Innocent CulpritWhiskey Thieves, San Francisco, CASolo
2007Addicted to ApplauseDiego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2007Get out of Jail FreeLGBT Community Center, San Francisco CAGroup
2007Common Enemies, Common InterestsThe Soap Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2007Learning to Love You MoreMU Independent Art Space, Eindhoven, NetherlandsGroup
2007The Diversity ProjectSan Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CAGroup
2007Museum Intervention with Ian McDonaldLegion of Honor Museum, San Francisco, CAGroup
2007Inner Action: in the global neighborhoodLive Worms Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2006Contemporary Dilemmas for the Ancient GodsMagnet, San Francisco, CASolo
2006The Women of Willendorf and Worldy other WondersThe Austin Law Group, San Francisco, CASolo
2006Art SpanOpen Studios, San Francisco, CASolo
2006Deldelp 34Soma Studios, San Francisco, CAGroup
2005Sacred MonstersLeedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MOSolo
2005CoreArtSF, San Francisco, CAGroup
2004Scars & StripesCafe Royale, San Francisco, CASolo
2004Local PatronCafe Royale, San Francisco, CAGroup
2004Art on PolkBack Stage Salon, San Francisco, CAGroup
2004Zap Electric NarrativeGreenhouse Project, Willimasburg, NYGroup
2003Good GodHaggis Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2003Peter Max LawrenceSunset Cafe, San Francisco, CASolo
2003Altruity: CatalystThe Gingerbread House, San Francisco, CAGroup
2003Local PatronCafe Royale, San Francisco, CAGroup
2003Scrape It Out, it's not mine!Mission Records, San Francisco, CAGroup
2002Pray for UsCup & Saucer, Kansas City, MOSolo
2002No TornadoKLM Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2002Return of the RoosterDiverse Gallery, Kansas City, MOGroup
2002Glitter, Glue, and GodK.W. 115 Kansas City, MOGroup
2002Serious StuffKLM Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2001Big Train & the Mystery GameTribal Grill, Kansas City, MOSolo
2001The Man Who Was Too LoudKansas City Kansas Public Library, Kansas City, KSSolo
2001Callous ChristJackhammer Down, Kansas City, MOSolo
2001UnsaidGalerie Gora, Montreal, QCSolo
2001GermRiver Field, Lawrence, KSGroup
2000Four Year BurnKelvin Gallery, Kansas City, MOSolo
2000FiascoTribal Grill, Kansas City, MOSolo
2000Peter Max LawrenceOpen Studios, River Market Brewery, Kansas City, MOSolo
2000Figuratively SpeakingKansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MOGroup
1999MoiTribal Grill, Kansas City, MOSolo
1999Lunching with Lesbians Planet Gallery, Kansas City, MOSolo
1999Squirrel Trap Tribal Grill, Kansas City, MOSolo
1999Peter Max LawrencePlanet Gallery, Kansas City, MOSolo
1999Peter Max Lawrence Westport Coffee House, Kansas City, MOSolo
1999Macramé MatineeTribal Grill, Kansas City, MOSolo