Sculpture came late to Lawrence Holofcener, whose first exhibition was in 1979 at the beautiful Gibbes Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. It was followed by many shows, awards and commissions. During his exhibition at AT&T's Education Center in Princeton, New Jersey, Lawrence produced The Box, a piece which so touched the employees, the corporate chairman decided to add it their collection.
In 1985 at the Chichester Theatre, the incomparable actor, Laurence Olivier unveiled Holofcener's unique portrait, Faces of Olivier, and ten years later to the day on Bond Street in London, Princess Margaret unveiled his very human portraits of Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt. Allies has fast become one of London's tourist attractions. Commissions include Queen Victoria for the Isle of Wight Museum and Coburg, Germany, as well as a life-size bronze of Thomas Paine at Bordentown, NJ.
Other life-size portraits of Thomas Chatterton, William Tyndale and William Penn reside at Bristol, England. Holofcener has embarked on a major series celebrating the contributions made by 20th Century Icons, among them Einstein, Kennedy, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Mandela, Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Gandhi, Anne Frank, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bernstein, Schweitzer, and the Three Tenors.
His long and varied career in the arts began with writing songs for the fabled television show, Your Show of Shows, starring Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca and Carl Reiner. From there he went on to write musicals for the theatre, his first being Mr. Wonderful which introduced Sammy Davis, Jr. His play Before You Go began on Broadway and has been produced in regional theatres in this country and Paris, Sweden, and Mexico City.
His acting career began in a nightclub revue in New York at the famous Upstairs at the Downstairs. His first theatre job was in Stop The World on Broadway. Next, he played Cornelius in Hello, Dolly, first with Carol Channing, then Ginger Rogers. His film work includes the highly-acclaimed Walking & Talking, written and directed by his daughter, Nicole Holofcener. He also pursues a literary career, compiling rhyming and British English dictionaries, as well as writing novels, poetry and lyrics.
Lawrence Holofcener and his wife, Julia, divide their time between Normandy, France and Lake Worth, Florida. He occasionally accepts private portrait commissions.