Allison Furr-Lawyer, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, graduated with a B.F.A in Visual Communications from the University of Mississippi in 1995. While in college, she also studied figure drawing, printmaking and Italian Renaissance art history in Cortona, Italy and interned at Sotheby’s in Boston, MA. After graduation, Allison was the lead artist for the Jackson Metro Crime Commission Boards ‘Taste of the Nations’ yearly fundraiser. Allison continued to develop her art Boulder, Colorado, where she started and ran her own company, AFL Studio which relocated to Memphis in 2004. Allison continues to run AFL Studio, painting murals, portraits, faux finishes and commission work.
Allison has been featured in several publications including: United Airlines Hemispheres, Mid South, Memphis Downtowner, At Home Memphis, MidSouth, 4Memphis, Memphis the City, Get Down Memphis, and Boulder Magazine. She also has been interviewed by several local broadcast shows including Fox’s “Good Morning Memphis” and ABC’s “River City Art Tour”
Allison is inspired by participating in such groups as The East Boulder County Artist Group, The Creative Force Arts Collaborative, and The Longmont Studio Tour. Lawyer was also honored to be selected to partake in The Art of Science exhibition, which she had to collaborate with a scientist from SJCRH. Allison assisted the Urban Arts Commission with a local collaborative mural project at the Stax Museum in Memphis, TN. She was chosen to participate in the 2012 Unveil South Main, was selected to donate artwork for the 2016 Works of Heart fundraiser (Memphis Child Advocacy Center), and was recently commissioned to paint a 4’x 4’piece for SJCRH, which will hang in the new KRCC building. She also recently provided a painting to promote the 2016 Memphis Food and Wine Festival, benefitting the FedExFamilyHouse at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Allison illustrated the book, Writing Our Way Home: A Group Journey Out of Homelessness (2014).
Allison has shown art in many galleries, including, Southern Breeze Gallery (Jackson, Ms), Gallery Sovereign (Boulder, Co), Boulder Theatre (Boulder, Co), The Usher Group (Denver, Co), D’Edge Gallery (Memphis), Delta Bistro Restaurant (Greenwood, Ms) and Lecco Gallery (Memphis, currently)
Allison’s painting techniques include plaster, watercolor, acrylic, latex paint, glaze, metallic paint and charcoal. She mainly paints on wooden panels, but also enjoys painting on recycled objects that she finds around town, including old car hoods, camper doors, card table tops, and closet doors. “One of my favorite spots to hit is Airways scrap metal yard. There is a rush I get when I find something. That place is like a candy store to me.” Allison collects and is inspired by stacks of heirlooms that were handed down from her grandparents, vintage relics (stamps, index card recipes, magazine articles, buttons, lace) handmade paper, expired license tags and electrical hand tools. Her pieces demonstrate eclectic blend of folk art and pop art.