April 30, 2014
AWARD-WINNING ARTIST BRUCE K. LAWES RETURNS TO GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD TO PAINT COMMEMORATIVE CANVAS LIVE DURING
151st ANNIVERSARY BATTLE RE-ENACTMENTS JULY 4-6
International award-winning artist, Bruce K. Lawes, has been invited back by the Gettysburg Anniversary
Committee to attend this year’s Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment, setting up his easel overlooking the historic battlefield and capturing cavalry & infantry action on a giant canvas painted live in front of thousands of visitors over the July 4th long weekend.
Lawes will work on another cavalry scene painting live on-site overlooking the battlefield of historic Gettysburg. With thousands of men and women reenactors, canons and horses participating, the artist will enjoy an unobstructed view of the entire re-enactment. Park visitors are invited to watch him as he works and view some of his previous historic Civil War and equine paintings which will be on display for the duration of the July 4th weekend.
Last year’s 150th commemorative painting depicting Pickett’s Charge (When Boys Became Men –pictured at right) will be available for sale in poster format at the battlefield.
Bruce works closely with the multi award-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Robert Child, and historical advisor J. David Petruzzi to maintain an authentic yet creative reflection of the important Civil War period. Bruce has since been asked to create on-screen illustrations for the upcoming Civil War TV mini-series “To Appomattiox” as a result of his work at Gettysburg.
Recently asked about his 2013 experience painting live from the Gettysburg Battleground, Bruce
shared his thoughts: As most artists, including myself, usually work in total seclusion it was a bit unnerving having the thousands of visitors watching my progress throughout the weekend, coming back several times to see how much more of the painting was completed. But as in my studio back home, I often would go into a zone and block out all external influences until a young boy or girl would come up to me in amazement and ask me how I do this, which would bring me back to Earth and I would realize that being there on these hallowed grounds was a privilege and of great importance. I think back now and realize the dedication Americans have to their history to come and participate year after year was admirable. While setting up my easel, with the help of an enthusiastic youngster, I then realized at that point I could be starting something special that includes me in their whole experience. It was that feeling of inclusion, while looking out over the historic battlefield of Gettysburg that gave me pause and the inspiration to be great.
Bruce Lawes: www.bklawesart.com
Gettysburg Anniversary Committee official site: www.gettysburgreenactment.com
Brothers in Arms(2013)
Bruce’s recent historical portrait of Gen’l Geo. Armstrong Custer (see next page) has been accepted into the world-renowned Coeur d’Alene
auction of fine art at the end of July http://www.cdaartauction.com/2014/lot/18213?order=lot~ 30 ~
Attending media are invited to join Bruce for interviews and photo opps. as he paints the historic Gettysburg battle scene during this year’s reenactments. Please contact me at your earliest convenience to secure media passes and schedule interviews. Pre-event phone interviews can also be arranged.
Glenda J. Fordham, Fordham PR
Bruce K. Lawes is an internationally collected painter who was born in Toronto, Canada. “One of the first things you notice about the art of Bruce Lawes is the artist’s versatility; whether it be a figurative painting, a landscape or an equine, his work always upholds a strong level of quality, craftsmanship and technical skill.” International Artist Magazine 2011 “Lawes is considered one of the top equine artists working today…” American Art Collector Magazine 2012. In 2010, Lawes was featured in Arabella magazine for fine art and named as ‘Artist to Collect’ and his work is now proudly on the cover of the current issue of Arabella Magazine (see below). The American Art Awards honoured Lawes in 2014 with numerous awards including the Masterpiece Award for his Gettysburg portrait of Pickett’s Charge: Brothers in Arms. The International Artist Magazine has also awarded Lawes with the Grand Prize for his painting in the ‘People and Figures’ category.
Bruce K. Lawes
Lawes has done many personal and corporate works over the years, yet in order to give meaning to his work, he often paints with a significant theme. He continues to refine his natural talents while directing his paintings towards a greater purpose, when possible. He seeks out worthy programs that will generate public awareness and solid corporate participation. “Without the individual and corporate efforts today, we may not be able to preserve and enjoy our environment with our children tomorrow”.
To view artist’s complete portfolio please visit
2014 Arabella Magazine: Grand Prize in Canadian Landscape Contest
2014 International Artist Magazine Award
2013 American Art Awards: 1st place for Gettysburg portrait “Brothers in Arms” in Masterpiece category
2013 American Art Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place wins for Horses in Realism category
2012 American Art Awards: Stoney Award & Masterpiece Award
2012 Southwest Art Artistic Excellence Award
2012 Artist Magazine Annual Award
2012 International Artist Magazine Award
2012 Arabella Magazine Award
ARTIST’S PAINTINGS ARE FEATURED IN THE FOLLOWING COLLECTIONS
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (Canada)
CIBC Wood Gundy (Canada)
Husky Injection Moulding Systems Inc. (Shanghai, China)
John Assaraf – One Coach (co-creator of “The Secret” – USA)
Hyperium Financial (Canada)
American Liquor Alliance (USA)
…and many other leading corporations and private collections
Artist Bruce K. Lawes will again be on site working on his painting of Pickett’s Charge. Bruce has recently finished his painting “Custer, Before the Storm” which will be auctuned off at the Coeur d’Alene art auction this July. You can visit Bruce and his work on site all three days this year as he will be set up and working by the Reenactment Battlefield. Come and watch Bruce work. G.A.C.