Timeline

1951
Born, Glasgow, Scotland
1973
University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland
1975
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
1979
Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, NY
1982–1983
NEA, Artists Fellowship, Painting
1985–1986
1986-85 NEA, Artists Fellowship, Painting
1987
Art Matters, Inc, Project Grant
1989–1990
NEA, Artists Fellowship, Painting
1979–1991
both NEA, Visual Artists Forums and NYSCA Visual Arts Panel funded REAL LIFE Magazine annually
1997
Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Center Residency, Lake Como
1999
Visual Art Projects, Artists Research Fellowship, Glasgow Visual Art Projects, Artists Research Fellowship, Glasgow
2002
Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship, Farmington, CT
2003
Ucross Foundation Residency, Wyoming
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Exhibitions

2010
ON PTG: Michelle Grabner, Thomas Lawson, Carrie Moyer, Scott Reeder, Julius Cæsar, Chicago, IL
2009
The Pictures Generation: 1974 – 1984, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
2009
Thomas Lawson: 1977 – 1987, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angels, CA (solo)
2007
History/Painting, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2007
A Palindromic Life, South La Brea Gallery, Inglewood, CA
2007
Natural Geographic, Norma Desmond Projects, Los Angeles, CA
2007
Benefit Auction, MoCA, Los Angeles, CA
2006
Benifit Auction, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA
2005
The Empire Strikes Back, ATM, New York, NY
2004
The Undiscovered Country, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2004
Suburban, Chicago, IL (solo)
2001
Sleeper, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
2000
Chairs, Patios and Faces, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2000
The Empire Strikes Back, ATM, New York, NY
2000
Exurbia, Gallery Luisotti, Los Angeles, CA
1998
Project Wall, Rosamund Felsen, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1997
Pacaembu, Laboratoire, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1996
Benefit Auction, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
1995
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, England (solo)
1995
Occupato, Burnett Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1994
Painting in the British Arts Council Collection, Chapter Arts, Cardiff, UK, and elsewhere American Fine Arts, New York, NY
1993
Monumental Propaganda, ICI, New York, NY, Moscow, Russia, and elsewhere
1993
The Categories of Robert Smithson, Name Gallery, Chicago, IL
1993
Sylvie Ferre, Lyon, France (solo)
1992
Sylvie Ferre, Lyon, France (solo)
1992
Unfair, Tanja Grunert Galerie, Koln, Germany
1992
American Fine Arts, New York, NY
1992
FAR Bazaar, Old Federal Reserve Building, Los Angeles, CA
1991
El Sueno Imperativo, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain
1990
A New Necessity, First Tyne International, National Garden Festival, Tyneside, UK
1990
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, England (solo)
1990
Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, Scotland (solo)
1990
Battersea Arts Centre, London, England (solo)
1989
Metro Pictures, New York, NY (solo)
1989
T.O.O. Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (solo)
1989
A Forest of Signs, MoCA, Los Angeles, CA
1989
Art Of Renewal, Orchard Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland
1988
Group Show, Public Art Fund, City Hall Park, NY
1988
Frontier Production, Critical Art Ensemble, Tallahassee, FL
1988
Kuhlenschmidt/Simon, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1987
The Party's Over, Metro Pictures, New York, NY (solo)
1987
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, England (solo)
1987
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA (solo)
1987
Art Against AIDS, citywide exhibition, New York, NY
1987
Working in Brooklyn: Painting, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
1986
Correspondence, Laforet Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1986
Rooted Rhetoric, Academia di Belli Arti, Napoli, Italy
1986
The Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
1986
Por Encima del Bloqueo, Il Bienal de la Habana, Centro Wilfredo Lam, Havana, Cuba
1986
Civic Virtues, City University Graduate Center Mall, New York, NY (solo)
1985
Metro Pictures, New York, NY (solo)
1985
Americana, a Group Material project at the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, New York, NY
1985
Anniotanta, Galeria Communale d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
1985
The Public Art Show, Nexus Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1984
The Heroic Figure; thirteen artists from the US, Museum de Arte Moderne, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Santiago, Spain and Caracas, Venezuela
1984
New York Now, Nordjullands Kunstmuseum, Denmark
1984
Artists Call: Against US Intervention in Central America, city-wide exhibition, New York, NY
1984
A Decade of New Art, Artists Space, New York, NY
1984
The Heroic Figure, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
1984
Drawings: After Photography, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH
1984
Contemporary Perspectives 1984, Center Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
1984
OR Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (solo)
1984
Christminster Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1983
Metro Pictures, New York, NY (solo)
1983
Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1983
La Forma e l'Inform, Galeria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
1982
Metro Pictures, New York, NY (solo)
1982
Painting, Metro Pictures, New York, NY
1982
The Human Figure, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
1982
Art and the Media, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1982
New Figuration in America, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
1982
Image Scavengers, ICA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1981
Figuring, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY
1981
On Location, Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
1981
Metro Pictures, New York, NY (solo)
1980
Mercer Union Gallery, Toronto, Canada (solo)
1980
Nuova Immagine, Palazzo del Triennale, Milan, Italy
1980
Illustration & Allegory, Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, NY
1979
Nuova Immagine, Palazzo del Triennale, Milan, Italy
1979
Illustration & Allegory, Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, NY
1977
In Camera, Artists Space, New York, NY (solo)