Museum Info

Monday – Saturday:
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Noon – 5 p.m.

500 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Lawes, Bruce

Bruce Lawes
Born 1962 in Toronto, Ontario; lives in Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario

BRUCE K. LAWES is an internationally collected artist with a passion for animal art and conservation. He is a signature member of the Artists for Conservation (AFC), The Society of Animal Artists (SAA) and The Oil Painters of America (OPA). He was born in 1962 in Toronto, Canada.  Lawes has studied part time at the Ontario College of Art and Design but attributes most of his success to the first hand encounters he fostered with the modern masters of the day. Lawes has shown his work in museums like the Houston Museum of Natural Science and The Hiram Blauvelt Museum, National Mississippi River Museum, Bookgreen Gardens, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. Lawes has had his work auctioned at the prestigious Coeur d’Alene Art Auction and the Jackson Hole Art Auction.

In 2020 Southwest Art Magazine wrote, “The 58-year-old artist has forged an admirable career as one of the top painters working today in the genres of wildlife, equine, historical, and figurative art through a singular combination of innate talent, meticulous research, and old-fashioned hard work.” Lawes’s passion to paint can only be surpassed by his reason for painting. The “why” will always bring him the most satisfaction. His proudest achievement is his on-going commitment to raise funds and awareness for Dr. Jane Goodall. He has pledged to raise $1,000,000 in the coming years.

Notable Awards and Achievements

2021 National Museum of Wildlife Art, People’s Choice Award
2021 International Artist Magazine, ‘Grand Prize’ Honors, wildlife category
2020 Artist for Conservation, Best in Show Honors
2020 ARC Art Renewal Center, Rehs Contemporary Galleries Award
2020 American Art Awards, Acting judge for “Best of Show” category
2019 American Art Awards, Best of Show Honors
2019 International Artist, Second Place Wildlife Category
2019 Artists for Conservation, Medal of Excellence Award (also 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
2018 Southwest Art Magazine, Artistic Excellence Competition, First Place
2017 Society of Animal Artists, The President’s Artistic Achievement Award for 2D
2015 Southwest Art Magazine, Artistic Excellence Competition, First Place

Select Publications

American Art Collector
Arabella Magazine
Art of the West
Fine Art Connoisseur
International Artist
Southwest Art

Gallery Representation

Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona
Trailside Galleries, Jackson, Wyoming
Broadmoor Galleries, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Montana Trails gallery, Bozeman, Montana
Plainsmen Gallery, Dunedin, Florida