Lawrence Jolly is an accomplished studio artist who lives and works in Round Rock, Texas. As the former owner of iconic Austin graphic design firm - Jolly Design - and graduate of UT/Austin with a BFA in Design, Lawrence is the recipient of the 2016 City of Austin Peoples Choice Award, Austin ArtBoards winner, and subject of numerous other shows, exhibits and accolades thoughout Texas and the Southwest. His work connects through visual allegory our spiritual and natural selves in richly rendered medium- and large-format oil paintings and mixed media dimensional pieces. His studies of children, adults, and animals situated in ethereal environmental settings reflect the humanism of Caravaggio and Rockwell combined with the whimsy of Dali in a completely unique and energetic contemporary realist style. Married and grateful grandfather to five, Lawrence also has taught painting from his home studio and the Georgetown Art Center, and serves in various capacities with church, neighborhood, civic and refugee organizations. Interests include running, biking, and fostering Golden Retrievers.
As a Contemporary Narrative Realist, Lawrence Jolly tells exquisite stories that seek to connect our human nature with divine nature. Jolly's work is an amalgam of boldly rendered figurative, animal, and environmental subject matter, woven into magically ethereal settings in oil and mixed media. A joyful mash-up of Dali and Rockwell, his paintings and mixed media works explore emotional, spiritual, and physical connections we have within ourselves and with each other...all emanating from achingly tender glimpses into the artist's life experience.