Brought up in North London, Britain’s foremost junk sculptor Lawrie Simonson spent his childhood observing the local insect and animal life which still inspire his work. He trained in graphic design at the London College of Printing and then took a course in welding at his local college, which led to competition prizes for art and design before branching into environmental sculpture and his first exhibitions in London and Cambridge in 1990. Lawrie’s quirky pieces are created from junk discovered on regular trips to automotive scrap yards and markets, combined with kitchen objects that catch his eye. His humorous pieces are based on serious observations of nature and range in size from a 7ft high water bird to a tiny chrome spider. Lawrie has made more than 50 junk creatures and has had several corporate and public commissions including Hampton Court Palace and Hainault Forest Country Park, in addition to exhibiting at the Oxo Tower, London. He is well known on the Continent, and has exhibited in Spain, Israel and France, taking part in Continental Junk-fests including Drap Art in Barcelona and Braderie de l’Art in Roubaix, France. Lawrie is presently Artist in Residence at Brays Grove School in Harlow, Essex where he runs regular children’s workshops.