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Born in 1976 in Stoke-on-Trent, UK, Lawrence James Bailey currently works and lives in Amsterdam. Lawrence graduated with a BFA from the Hull School of Art in 1998. He was then accepted for a two-year residency at De Ateliers in Amsterdam, which he successfully completed in 2001.
Lawrence has been exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions all over the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Spain and Latvia since 1995. These include for instance the ‘Rijswijk Textiel Biennale’ in Museum Rijswijk in 2019, ‘Brownsfield Research Centre’ at AirSpace Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent in 2018 and ‘Survival Kit 6 / Utopian City in the Latvian Centre For Contemporary Art, Riga in 2014. Lawrence and Galerie Bart have been working together since 2017, resulting in solo, duo and group exhibitions and fair participations, such as Drawing Room Madrid and Big Art.
In 2020 Lawrence was artist in residence at AIR Guiniguada in Gran Canaria. In 2016 he won the Wonderlust photo contest organised by De Hallen in Haarlem and in 2002 he received a stipend from the BKVB Fund. His work can be found in the collections of the Amsterdam Museum, Europol, Huize Frankendael, the Amsterdam Graphic Atelier, CBK Amsterdam, Deiska, Hotel WOW, De Ateliers and many private collections. In addition, Lawrence has been involved in the creation of multiple magazines and theatre productions.