Laurence was born in South London in 1963. He now lives in Hastings on the south coast of England, with a studio in nearby St Leonards-on-Sea. He is an alumnus of Croydon College of Art, Chelsea College of Art & Design, the University of Brighton and The California Sculpture Academy.
Laurence assembles multiples of found objects (objets trouvés) to create sculptures that represent an archival celebration of vintage commercial and industrial design: model cars symbolise tokens of playtimes; a camera is a trove of captured moments; a golf club acts as a proxy for countless victorious jaunts to the nineteenth hole. The era of these objects and our idiosyncratic reaction to them often induces a palpable sense of nostalgia.
The sculptures have a lengthy gestation period, involving periods of research and epic sourcing quests. During the assemblage construction Laurence’s unique visual sensibility pursues a mesmeric aesthetic, which aims to capture and captivate through juxtaposition (design, detail, age, material, tone, colour, function and context). It is this execution process - as important as the objects themselves - that Laurence refers to as Trucism (from the French truc, thingy), or ‘the essential thingy'.
Upon his return from the California Sculpture Academy Laurence built a foundry in his studio, allowing him to pursue his interest in the complex process of molding, casting and finishing. He has since realised bronze sculptures utilising both the cire perdue (lost-wax) and sandcasting methods.
As well as assemblage and bronze, Laurence’s diverse, multi-media oeuvre encompasses painting, photography, lighting and furniture design, as well as limited edition screen prints, giclée and lithographs.