What's the story?

Simon Lawson is a Grimsby born painter and printmaker specialising in etching. Simon has lived and worked in London since 1982.

As well as producing his own prints he regularly collaborates with other artists and has editioned for many studios and galleries. He is now a member of the teaching staff at the Royal Academy Schools in London.


Born 2nd August 1964
Place of birth: Grimsby Lincolnshire

Art Education

1980–1982 Foundation Course Grimsby College of Art
1982–1985 BA (hons),Degree in Fine Art Painting Wimbledon School of Art
1985–1988 Post Grad Diploma in Fine Art Royal Academy Schools


2005 Curwen Studio Print Prize. The inaugural prize for best non-digital print in the Royal Academy Sunmmer Exhibition
2005 London Original Print Prize (shortlisted)


2006 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2005 Sun And Doves Christmas Show
2005 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
2005 Mall Galleries Food for Thought
2004 Mall Galleries Originals 2004
1998–2005 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibitions
2003 Royal Academy of Arts Invited Artists Christmas Print Show
2001 Collyer Bristow Invited Artists Christmas Charity Group Show
1987–1992 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibitions
1986 Royal Festival Hall Spirit of London


2002 Government Art Collection — Three commissioned works for the Admiralty Arch
1999 Royal Carribean Cruises — Commissioned works for cruise ships


2005–present Tutor in Printmaking at the Royal Academy Schools


1989–1991 Edward Egerton Williams. Joseph Banks' Floralegium for Alecto Publishing for the V&A Museum
1991–1992 Charles Bodmers America for Jocelyn Museum Nebraska
1996–2001 London Contemporary Arts. Various contemporary artists incl. Roy Fairchild, Czaba Markus

As a freelance printmaker prints have been produced and editioned independently for studios including London Contemporary Arts, Hope Sufference Studios and Thumbprint Editions for artists including Damien Hirst, The Chapman Brothers, Maurice Cockrill, Eileen Cooper, Chris Orr, Tracy Emin, Gillian Carnegie, Mark Clark, Philip Medley, Peter Howson, Stephen Chambers and Christopher Le Brun.