Exhibition opening – 100 Seconds of Drawing a Vortex that Catapults you into a new Dimension

Save the date • opening March 1, 2024 from 18.00 - 20.00 at sam scherrer contemporary, Kleinstr. 16, Zurich.

I will show lots of new cartoons, drawings and mini murals. Read more about the exhibition here and check out the exhibition catalogue.

More dates • guided tour, March 9 at 14.00 and closing event March 23 14.00 - 16.00

You can see some of the exhibited works below...


Drawn in 100 Seconds • 6 of over 20 experiments

Werke am Art Salon Zürich / Works displayed at Art Salon Zürich

September 2023 • Vom 28.9 bis 1.10 zeige ich 35 Zeichnungen unter dem Titel «Worries & Wonders» am Art Salon Zürich, und zwar am Stand der Galerie sam scherrer contemporary

DIE SCHWEIZER GARDE – Lawrence Grimm, Yves Noyau & Ruedi Widmer at the Caricatura, Kassel

August 2023 • From now until October 15th, there's a big exhibiton at the caricatura gallery in Kassel, Germany, feauturing Lawrence Grimm, Yves Noyau and Ruedi Widmer. Hundreds of pictures show a broad spectrum of their works.

Eight Symmetric Midlife Beliefs

April 27, 2023 • A new small series of completely symmetric drawings (digitally mirrored) about possible beliefs in the "middle" of life. The series will be published in the Revue L'Ouroboros on the 5th of May www.revuelouroboros.fr

The Life and Times of Dreamers • Gallery La Sonnette, Lausanne

Opening April 20, 2023 • Check all details at La Sonnette

"The Life and Times of Dreamers" presents forty little cartoons and drawings in black ink by Lawrence Grimm. A boy with way to much fantasy dreams of a gigantic dinosaur skeleton hidden in his garden, a dragon dreams of being a tiny caterpillar, a tadpole asks an ancient toad what life is made of and a snail crawls into its own shell towards infinity. Dreamlike drawings invite you to think about how dreams are interwoven with our daily lives and if some dreams may be realer than reality. All drawings are part of Lawrence Grimms ongoing series "Teatime for a Universe".

December 2022 • Christmas Creatures: Find the 9 little creatures within the image! Check out @lawrence.grimm on Christmas if you can't find them... /// Weihnachtswimmelwesenwelt: Finde die 9 Kreaturen im Bild! Auflösung an Weihnachten auf Instagramm @lawrence.grimm

So my approach was: How can I combine my love for creatures with a Christmas tree? >>> Create creatures that look like Christmas ornaments.-) Have a nice end of the year 2022!

October 2022 • Holly im Himmel by Micha Lewinsky – Book illustrations by Lawrence Grimm

Ein Kinder- und Jugendbuch von Micha Lewinsky
mit Illustrationen von Lawrence Grimm
Diogenes Verlag 2022
Ab 10 Jahren, 272 Seiten
Hardcover Gebunden, 14,5×21×2,4 cm
ISBN 978-3-257-01306-1

More infos here

Guest at Gluri Suter Huus

  • May 15 until July 3, 2022
  • Artist's talk on July 3, 15:00
  • Check: www.glurisuterhuus.ch
  • For the jubilee of the Gluri Suter Huus 50 works from the collection are displayed, while Lawrence Grimm is showing 22 cartoons on collecting, 33 Teatime-Cartoons, 44 weird objects he "found" on the street and an mural (makes exactly 100 little works).
  • More pics on Instagram @lawrence.grimm

2021, looking back...

2021 I worked on my bulk "Teatime for a Universe", on a huge mural, a fractal flag, a series on "the quiet times of Coronaaah!" and ink paintings with creatures crossing heads or hanging above an abyss... Some of these works were made possible due to the time I had given to me through a 2021 "Arbeits-stipendium Covid-19", a grant from the city of Zurich for working on projects during the pandemic. Thank you Zurich.

Vernissage/Ausstellung «Nothing but Eyes» von Lawrence Grimm, Galerie sam scherrer contemporary

Liebe Freund*innen und Bekannte

Gerne lade ich euch zu meiner Ausstellung «Nothing but Eyes» in der Galerie sam scherrer contemporary ein – mit 90 Tuschzeichnungen & «Teatime for a Universe» Cartoons.

  • Vernissage: Samstag, 27. November 14 – 17 Uhr UND Sonntag 28. November, 14 – 17 Uhr.
  • Führung durch die Ausstellung: Samstag, 4. Dezember, 14 Uhr.
  • Finissage: Samstag 11. Dezember 14 – 16 Uhr.
  • Zweiter Stock Kleinstrasse 16, 8008 Zürich.
  • Es gilt die 3G-Regel und Maskenpflicht.
  • Die Ausstellung dauert bis 11. Dezember 2021.

Über einen Besuch würde ich mich freuen (für Weihnachtsgeschenk-Suchende: Die Bilder sind verkäuflich.-) Weitere Infos und Öffnungszeiten unter der Woche: www.samscherrer.ch

Ausstellungskatalog mit vielen Bildern

Liebe Grüsse

Hier ein paar der ausgestellten Cartoons und Tuschezeichnungn:

Love in the Air | A cartoon mural in Zurich

In the heart of Zurich, at Forchstr. 33, Lawrence Grimm created the cartoon mural "Love in the Air". On 200 square meters it features 37 motives of love & yearning & hopes & slopes & love again. It’s a two-part artwork with the "maze of love" on the facade and the "tunnel of love" in and around the passage of the same house, with 15 giant single panel cartoons ranging from a tiny worm to the universe itself… Find lots of pictures here.

AQUAFRAKTAL Underwater Landscapes in Sihlcity • Starting March 2021

AQUAFRAKTAL now until autumn in Sihlcity Zurich: various artists are creating art on the building-site-walls of the shopping mall. My cartoon underwater landscspes are currently right at the back of the 1st and 2nd floor. More infos to Sihlcity MALL ART here.


24 Cartoons in Strapazin No. 142 | Unterwasserwelten • March 2021

Illustrated for Strapazin comic magazine: 6 pages with 24 cartoons in Strapazin No. 142 Unterwasserwelten, the magazine contains several stories about the big wide ocean and the yearning for it!

"Vom Winde verweht / Gone with the Wind", covid-newsletter illustration for Pro Helvetia, February 2021

Exhibition reopens

120 Tage im Rausch until December in Zurich, Switzerland.

Exhibition temporarily closed

"The exhibiton 120 TAGE IM RAUSCH including Teatime cartoons and illustrations is temporarily closed because of Corona. Updates will follow. I wish you lots of Unicorn Power in these days!"   Lawrence

Bild: Fragment der gemalten Leinwandbespannung, Barockzimmer, Karl der Grosse
  • Einladung zur Vernissage der Gruppenausstellung 120 TAGE IM RAUSCH
  • Am Dienstag, 10. März 2020 im Anschluss an die Podiumsdiskussion ab 20.30 Uhr im Rahmen des Auftakts zu Karls Thema «Rausch».
  • Zentrum Karl der Grosse, Kirchgasse 14,
    8001 Zürich
  • Die Ausstellung ist von Montag bis Samstag von
    9 – 22 Uhr frei zugänglich. Die Ausstellung dauert bis am 8. Juli 2020.
  • An den Samstagen, 4. April, 16. Mai und 13. Juni finden jeweils um 17 Uhr kostenlose 30-minütige Führungen mit der Kuratorin Ibolya Zombori statt. Treffpunkt ist im Foyer.
  • Die Werke in der Ausstellung stehen zum Verkauf. Bei Interesse kontaktieren Sie die Kuratorin unter ibolya.zombori@zuerich.ch.
Ausstellungsbild "120 Tage im Rausch"

Produced by Inkognito in Berlin, 6 whimsical
postcards with motives from "Teatime for a Universe"
are now for sale. If you want soOooOoome, go here!

share www.teatimeforauniverse.com

Double page in Strapazin No. 137 | Züri brännt!

Favorites of the Hearts and Artist's Being

One of the 32 cartoons in the Helmhaus Zurich

Two final events are coming up in the current Helmhaus Zurich exhibition with 40 exhibitors:

  • Thursday, September 5, 18.30
    Favorites of the Hearts

    The audience chose the works of Alex Herzog, Claudia Kübler and Lawrence Grimm's cartoons to be the three "Favorites of the Hears". That's why there's a talk with the artists and Barbara Basting, head of Department of Visual Arts of the City of Zurich as well as Sabine Rusterholz Petko, art historian and co-curator of the exhibition.
  • Sunday, September 8, 15-17.00
    (last exhibition day)

    Within the series "The Artist's Being" Lawrence Grimm is presenting his work: 32 "Teatime for a Unvierse" cartoons, burped out of a 3 meter chaos distillator.
  • The exhibition is open Tuesdays-Sundays, 11-18:00, Thursday, 11-20:00, closed on Mondays
    Helmhaus Zürich, Limmatquai 31, 8001 Zürich
  • group exhibition
    «Kunststipendien der Stadt Zürich 2019»
  • with 32 cartoons & a 3 meter «Chaos Destillator»
    by Lawrence Grimm/Teatime for a Universe
  • until September 8, 2019
  • open Tuesdays-Sundays, 11-18:00
    Thursday, 11-20:00, closed on Mondays
  • Helmhaus Zürich, Limmatquai 31, 8001 Zürich
  • www.helmhaus.org

Lawrence Grimm UND Teatime for a Universe in der Gruppenausstellung «Kunststipendien der Stadt Zürich 2019» UND Vernissage und Stipendien-Verleihung, Freitag, 12. Juli 2019, 18 Uhr: Türöffnung 19 Uhr: Stipendien-Verleihung UND Ausstellungsdauer 13. Juli bis 8. September 2019 UND Öffnungszeiten Dienstag bis Sonntag: 11–18 Uhr, Donnerstag: 11–20 Uhr, Montag: geschlossen UND Helmhaus Zürich, Limmatquai 31, 8001 Zürich UND www.helmhaus.org

March 2019 • illustration for an article about bipolar disorder by Simon Froehling for the online magazine "Republik"

Last Exhibition-Day/Finissage: Saturday March 30, 14 – 16:00 with a guided tour at 14:00, sam scherrer contemporary, Kleinstrasse 16, Zurich

The gallery is open 12 – 16:00 on March 30.
More info: www.samscherrer.ch

Second Guided Tour through Chaos: Saturday March 23, 14:00, sam scherrer contemporary, Kleinstrasse 16, Zurich

The gallery is open 12 – 16:00 on March 23.
More info: www.samscherrer.ch

Guided Tour through Chaos: Saturday March 16, 14:00, sam scherrer contemporary, Kleinstrasse 16, Zurich

The gallery is open 12-16:00 on March 16, artist included. More info: www.samscherrer.ch

8 out of over 100 Cartoons, Illustrations and Objects from the Exhibition:

"And now the tea-slurping universe is entering a new phase. Lawrence Grimm’s second exhibition at sam scherrer contemporary gallery is called “Teatime for a Universe – Microchaos”. And once again – in Monty-Pythonesque fashion, it might be said, and this is one of Grimm’s favourite inspirations – everything revolves round the absurdities of our existence. It deals with everything that goes on in our narrow, restricted world and everything that happens beyond this world. Above all, it deals with the paradox that one thing is inseparably linked with another: self-doubt with the question of the origin and meaning of life. Confidence even in the greatest hopelessness with the occasional realization that it really doesn’t matter. Because we know for sure that the world – with or without me, and independent of the fact that I am happy or deeply unhappy – will just go on turning regardless." Paulina Szczesniak, catalog excerpt


Exhibition • sam scherrer contemporary

  • Opening event with drinks and snacks:
    Friday, March 8, 2019 from 18–20.00
  • exhibition March 8 – 30, 2019
    open Thursdays/Fridays 14–18.00
    Saturdays 12–16.00, Mon-Wed by agreement
  • Artist tours of chaos:
    Saturday, March 16 & 23 at 14.00
  • Closing event:
    Saturday,  March 30, from 14–16.00
    with a chaos tour at 14.00
  • Gallery sam scherrer contemporary
    Kleinstr. 16, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
    Google maps
  • View the entire exhibition catalog

Teaser Images

Stay tuned for a chaotic Zurich exhibition in spring – the mess is under construction...

New Cartoon for "Critical Thinking ETH Zurich"

  • August 12, 2018

Now online: A new cartoon called THE ACT OF LEARNING from "The Critical Thinker's Condition" | Cartoons for the magazine 42 & the website – Critical Thinking ETH Zurich

The Critical Thinker | Cartoon for the magazine 42 from the Critical Thinking of ETH Zurich

  • June 15, 2018

The teatime cartoonist Lawrence Grimm loves the brigde between science and philosophy, so it was a nice opportunity to illustrate THE CRITICAL THINKER for the magazine 42 – Critical Thinking ETH Zurich.

Gallery view (suitable for mobile)

PHANORYDON, Minicreature no. 100

The 100th Minicreature

  • May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018 marks the 100th Minicreature (little beasts sprawling all about the universe)! Now there's an intermission so new eggs can hatch... See the 100 Minicreatures so far here.

Momentum Cartoons for the Filmbulletin

  • Starting January 2018

In 2018 you can view very "Teatime for a Universe"-ish cartoons in each issue of the Filmbulletin, swiss movie magazine. The illustrations are all about motion & emotion, whereas the cartoonist Lawrence Grimm is excited to "hook up" with his filmic past (yep, that's what he studied).

Happy Valentine's Day 2018! Did you know an octopus has brains in every tentacle... or so?

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018!

  • January 1, 2018

2017 has been a joyful year for the Universe. Besides Teatime, this website was launched and there was an exhibition in the gallery sam scherrer contemporary in Zurich.
In 2018 the cartoonist Lawrence Grimm will present a series called "Momentum Cartoons" in the magazine Filmbulletin about movies & movement. Also, the Minicreatures will continue to hatch on this website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Stay tuned for more with the Cartoon & Newsletter.

Merry Christmas 2018!

Minicreatures | No. 51 – 100 hatching noOooOOOOooOOoow!

  • December 10, 2017

Fifty little beasts hatched last year... It's time for the next generation! Until May you can see a new minicreature standing, swimming or flying on the main page and all new ones & last year's right here.

Kupferdruck Werkstatt Gentinetta – Exhibition 2017

  • November 25 – 26, 2017

Together with 30 other artists Lawrence Grimm is presenting prints, in his case from his cartoons: Saturday November 25 from 14.00-20.00, Sunday November 26 from 11.00-18.00 in the Kupferdruckwerstatt Gentinetta, Eglistr. 8, 8004 Zurich, www.kupferdruckwerkstatt.ch – the cartoons were produced by Matthias Gentinetta for my spring exhibition at sam scherrer contemporary.


Assembled over the past few years, the weird and whimsical scrapcreatures are a 3D-cartoon-sidekick of the common black and white "Teatime for a Universe" illustrations. They are entirely composed of scrap, mechanical parts and glue.

Scent Festival – Festival der Düfte

  • October 17 – 22, 2017

The Schloss Wildegg in Aargau, Switzerland, is literally covered in scent for a few days. Experts are recreating the history of the castle with different scents in each room. Get all the info on the Festival Website. The teatime-illustrator Lawrence Grimm added cartoons for the brochure and has a little exhibition of original scent cartoons in the bistro. Get a taste (or let's say a scent) of the illustrations right here:

Strictly for Stargazers:

Facebook & Instagram | That's where bits and pieces of this cartoon universe are posted, while there's a black hole with new projects brewing somewhere...

The Big Sea

  • July 19, 2017

"OceanCare asked me, why I love the ocean.
Find out here!"

That's all Folks! / More to come...

  • April 9, 2017

The exhibition of "Teatime for a Universe" in the gallery "sam scherrer contemporary" is over. It was well visited, lots of cartoons found their way to new owners, and the whole thing was rounded up with an insightful artists' talk.
"Teatime for a Universe" is now planning the next steps towards its future.

Invitation to the Finissage with a "Künstlergespräch" – Teatime with Laura de Weck and Lawrence Grimm

  • April 8, 2017

During the finissage of the current exhibition in the gallery sam scherrer contemporary Laura de Weck and Lawrence Grimm talk about his cartoons and the connection to film and theatre (they both attended the same youth theatre group many years ago).

  • Finissage
    Saturday, April 8, 12.00 – 16.00 with a "Künstlergespräch" at the end, 15.00 – 16.00
  • Gallery sam scherrer contemporary
    Kleinstrasse 16, 2nd floor, CH – 8008 Zürich
    Location details
  • +41 44 260 44 33 | art(at)samscherrer.ch
  • www.samscherrer.ch

P.s. Check out the exhibition catalog with lots of cartoons and an introduction by Dr. phil. Rudolf Velhagen.

Visit the current Exhibition in the Zurich Gallery sam scherrer contemporary

  • March 11 – April 8, 2017
  • Opening hours
    Thu – Fri 14.00 – 18.00, Sat 12.00 – 16.00
    Mon – Wed anytime by appointment
  • Details: www.samscherrer.ch
  • (This event is over:)
    The cartoonist is present during opening hours – for tea-tours through the gallery
    Saturday, March 25, 12.00 – 16.00

Last Night's Vernissage

  • March 11, 2017

Last night, March 10, was the vernissage of the new exhibition of "Teatime for a Universe" in the gallery sam scherrer contemporary. Lawrence Grimm (with a striped pullover on the foto) explained the "Butterfly Wall" to the numerous audience, whereas not only the frames are mirrored on the right and left, but also the themes, e.g. if there's a cat-cartoon on the right, there's also one one on the left in the same distance from the center... (however, it's unclear if these cats know each other).

Press Article

  • March 9, 2017

Read what the "Züritipp" says about the current exhibition here | by Paulina Szczesniak

Online Cartoon Kaleidoscope with over 100 Cartoons

  • February 25, 2017

The whimsical illustrations of "Teatime for a Universe" are now tea-tagged and categorized in a cartoon kaleidoscope, so they can be explored from multiple angles. To make this possible cartoonist Lawrence Grimm and developer Fabian Thommen have created this new website. To see all cartoons scroll down the main page.

The Tree of Eyes, by Day and by Night

sam scherrer contemporary presents Lawrence Grimm – Teatime for a Universe

  • Coming up March 2017

Lots of new cartoons about life, love, loops and loners, a light lagoon glowing in the dark and a robot riding towards destiny...

  • Vernissage: gallery sam scherrer contemporary
    Friday, March 10, 2017, 18.00 – 20.00
    The event is listed on Facebook
  • Exhibition
    March 11 – April 8, 2017
  • The cartoonist is present
    Saturday, March 25, 12.00 – 16.00
  • Finissage
    Saturday, April 8, 12.00 – 16.00 including:
  • "Künstlergespräch" Teatime with Laura de Weck and Lawrence Grimm
    April 8, 15.00 – 16.00
  • Opening hours
    Thu – Fri 14.00 – 18.00, Sat 12.00 – 16.00
    Mon – Wed anytime by appointment
  • Kleinstrasse 16, 2nd floor, CH – 8008 Zürich
    Location details
  • +41 44 260 44 33 | art(at)samscherrer.ch
  • www.samscherrer.ch

Accompanying text: Lawrence Grimm, born in Zurich 1978, is of Australian, German, Swiss nationality. After being involved in acting for years, he studied film at the Zurich University of the Arts, won various short film prizes and was voted Student Academy Award finalist for his diploma film. The experience of telling stories in pictures he has transferred to the world of cartoons and illustrations, scribbling moments of life, love, loops and loners in black ink. His cartoons have been displayed in exhibitions and are online. www.teatimeforauniverse.com

Thank you: The Acostas, Eric Andreae, Laura de Weck, Rolf, Claude Hess, Andreas Müller, Kati Rickenbach, Mike Rutman, Conrad Schmallfuss, Gregg Skerman, Rudolf Velhagen, buildup helpers, the Strapaziners and Sam Scherrer's team

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