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Lawrie Dignan


Born in Victoria BC, Lawrie is a self-taught artist whose unique drawing style has developed through his years working as a technical draftsman in British Columbia’s civil service.

He has always fostered an interest in the arts and has been encouraged through the artistic community. In 1990, Dignan apprenticed with a stained glass artisan who would become his mentor. This relationship had a very positive influence on Lawrie as it encouraged, supported and gave him the confidence to explore his own direction in drawing with pen & ink. That experience, and his years spent as a technical draftsman have strongly influenced the stylization of his landscape works.

The contrast of natural and technical is very apparent in Dignans' pieces. Employing pen and colored inks in a self-taught neo-pointillist technique, Dignan conjures up the landscape of British Columbia in stylized compositions that project a synthesis of sensuality and precision. The bold quality of line work contrasts marvelously with the soft hues of Dignan’s pointillism, achieved through an individualized selection of colors rather than the palette of primary colors used in traditional pointillism. His draftsmanship is meticulous as he approaches his work with an innate ability to fully express his mood through his innovative style of pointillism, color saturation, and original composition.  

Lawrie was awarded a solo show in 2001 at the prestigious BC Festival of the Arts. This helped advance his notability amongst fellow artists and collectors throughout British Columbia. It also made the decision to leave his lengthy Ministry of Highways career in 2002, and pursue his artwork full time an easy one. Today, Dignan’s artworks are found in private collections around the globe.