Selected Work by Rosy Lamb
Edwards Art Gallery, Holderness School
September 12 – October 22, 2011
Opening Reception: Tuesday, Sep. 13, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
The painter and sculptor Rosy Lamb—born in Sandwich, NH, but since 2001 a resident of Paris, France—has as much difficulty as anyone else in neatly categorizing her work.
“My paintings and sculptures overlap and interact in such a way that I sometimes find it hard say if a piece is a painting or a sculpture, let alone define what my intention is in the making process, she says. “I prefer to group my work in terms of tendencies. Some of these tendencies involve technique. Others involve preferred subjects. There is, however, a uniting focus throughout all the work: my subjective experience of seeing.”
In fact her two art forms often overlap quite literally, especially in her recent work. Sometimes she paints on plaster supports that she incises, sculpts, molds, and collages. At other times she will integrate plaster frames and cast shadow into her paintings. Or she might paint on canvas but use the population of sculptures in her studio as elements in her paintings.
In all instances a method of seeing that is as tough-minded as it is original results in images and objects that are garnering more and more favorable international attention. Homeschooled until she entered the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and generally dissatisfied with the dominant Neo-Classicism of American sculpture, Lamb moved to Paris after school to assist the sculptor Jean Cardot on several of his monumental commissions.
Since then she has exhibited at many galleries in Europe and North America, and most notably at the National Society of Portrait Painters in London this year. Last year she was a finalist in the BP Portrait Competition at London’s National Portrait Gallery.
In 2004 she won third prize in the Paul-Louis Weiller Portrait contest, and in 2002 she received the Prix Georges Coulin for sculpture. Both prizes were presented by the Institut de France.
“In portraiture, the marks that I make are hinged to the moments that I spend with my model,” she says. “In painting and sculpture, the act and process of seeing is equally translation and interpretation. Even in more abstract works, I am reaching into the pool of my body’s memories of things felt and seen.”
Her work will be on exhibit in the Edwards Art Gallery of Holderness School from September 12 to October 22. There will be an opening reception on September 13, 6:30-8:00 PM. The public is invited to attend.
The Holderness School is on Route 175 in Holderness. The Edwards and Heide Galleries are open from 9:00-5:00 Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday; from 9:00-1:00 on Wednesday and Saturday; and on Sunday by appointment. For more information call Kathryn Field at 779-5357. Kathryn is also available via email at [email protected]