Lawrence Murray Heyman Biography

Lawrence Murray Heyman




Printmaker and painter Lawrence Murray Heyman was born in Washington, D.C., on June 30, 1932. From 1955 to 1957 he served in U.S. Army, and upon his completion of duty he enrolled at the Tyler School of Fine Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where he earned his BFA. In 1960 he entered Stanley William Hayter's Atelier 17 in Paris studying under Krishna Reddy, among others, until 1965. Among the works produced at this time was a series titled "Fertilization," a set of abstract color viscocity prints created in 1961 bearing the influence of the experimental workshop. He returned to the U.S. and enrolled at American University in Washington, D.C., where he earned his MFA in printmaking in 1971.

In the 1970s and '80s Heyman lived and worked in New York City, establishing himself as a fine printmaker and painter whose works often focused on the theater district, and in the 1980s he taught printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design. He was a finalist for the National Arts medal from the National Endowment for the Arts (1987) and the Portrait Painting Competition, Artist's Magazine (1989). His work is held in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of the City of New York.