Dale Lawrence’s work as a solo artist and as part of the creative studio Hoick, which he co-founded, has become known for a tendency to marry painstaking application and wry humour. In his two solo exhibitions at SMITH, Look Busy (2016) and Another Helping (2017), Lawrence used paintings, monographs, linocuts and sculpture to articulate his métier—studying the tension between focused intent and wilful abandon. By meticulously painting his own lackadaisical tracings of classic artworks, or creating new prints by tearing up others that have gone unsold, Lawrence’s interventions seek to locate the true value – and origin – of both an artwork and its maker. Lawrence lives and works in Cape Town, where he graduated from Michaelis School of Fine Art along with the Katrine Harries Print Cabinet Purchase Award. In both guises Lawrence has been part of numerous group shows and fairs, notably the FNB Joburg Art Fair and the AKAA Art Fair in Paris. Lawrence was a Top 10 Finalist at the 2017 Barclays L'Atelier Competition.


Selected solo exhibitions

2019, Further Prototypes, SMITH, Cape Town

2018, Amateur Hour, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg

2017, Another Helping, SMITH, Cape Town

2016, Look Busy, SMITH, Cape Town

Selected group exhibitions and fairs

2020, Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town

2019 FNB Art Joburg, Johannesburg

2017, Emerging Visions: Towards a Sustainable Economic Development of the Visuals Arts, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein

2017, AKAA Art Fair, Paris

2017, L'Atelier, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg

2017, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg

2016, AKAA Art Fair, Paris

Solo exhibitions with Hoick

2017, Shall We Move On?, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg

2015, On Second Thought, SMITH, Cape Town


2020, May, Artist-in-residence, Third Space Studio, Sintra, PT

2019, July – September, Artist-in-residence, Open 24 Hours, Cape Town, ZA

2019, June, Artist-in-residence, Krone MCC & Twee Jonge Gezellen Wine Estate, Tulbagh, ZA


2017, Art Africa Magazine, Another Helping: In Conversation with Dale Lawrence by Ellen Agnew

2017, Cape Times, A Better Result with Less Perfection

2016, The Times, Liberating Ideas: Art as weapon of choice by Sean O'Toole

2016, Wanted Magazine (Business Day), by Alexander Parker

2016, The Times, Privileged View: The fine art of self-deprecation by Mary Corrigall


2010, Post-Graduate Diploma in Art, with distinction, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.

2009, Bachelor of Arts (Creative Brand Communication) specialising in graphic design, with honours, AAA School of Advertising, Cape Town.


2017, ABSA L'Atelier Top Ten

2010, Katrine Harries Award, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town

Selected collections

National Art Bank, South Africa

ABSA Bank Art Collection

Katrine Harries Print Cabinet, University of Cape Town, South Africa