Eric Lawing began a lifelong obsession with drawing at an early age, and later added to it the disciplines of painting. In the late sixties he began surfing, a pursuit that turned into a lifelong meditative resource and catalyst to serious efforts in drawing and painting. In 2003 Eric became a pilot and realized another orientation to experience space and light, and continued a family preoccupation with flight.
In 1978 Eric married Minda Mclean who was a fellow art major at UNCW.
Lawing received a B.A. in Art from UNCW in 1979, and a M.F.A. from UNCG with a minor in art history in 1985. After graduate school he became curator of collections at Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNCG and worked there until 1990. He made regular trips to New York while working at Weatherspoon and found going to galleries and museums regularly invigorating. Lawing met many prominent artists and critics during this period, among them Robert Hughes, Tom Otherness, Ida Applebroog, and Robert Longo.
He began teaching at UNCW in 1996 and continues to enjoy the process in 2014.
Lawing has exhibited regularly since graduate school and was awarded a North Carolina Arts Fellowship in 1998, and exhibited in numerous art museum group shows including Weatherspoon’s, Art on Paper, and the North Carolina Art Museum’s North Carolina Artists Exhibition, and solo exhibitions at St. John’s in Wilmington and the Greenville Museum of Art in Greenville, NC. Most recently he was included in an exhibition of large works by North Carolina artists, The Big Picture, at the new Raleigh Convention Center that has become a long-term exhibition. He also recently exhibited in the UNCW Faculty Biennial Exhibition in 2014.