A Journey Full of Laughter
Steven Lamb’s art is escapism at its most pleasant. Taking us away from the daily grind through a joyful and picturesque fusion of Balkan vitality, German precision and French artistry. Born in Bulgaria, the son of two teachers, Steven studied in Leipzig and eventually settled in Montreal. He has been a painter for most of his life. His grandfather painted in watercolour and oils, and inspired in his grandson the urge to paint from a young age. Indeed, as a child of two, Steven had already started down the path to his career as an artist. Even then, he was endowed with a delightful sense of humour that has never waned. Years later, on his way to Cuba for a solo exposition, Steven’s life took a significant turn. When they landed in Gander, Newfoundland to refuel, he left the plane with his wife and three-year-old son and asked for asylum for himself and his family. He was accepted. But the plane left with his paintings, which today are hanging somewhere in Cuba. Thus started the beginning of his Canadian journey. In a truly unique way, Steven Lamb combines all mediums in an effort to create his own world. One where humour mingles elegantly with serious themes, giving his works more life and meaning. His art is peppered with the interesting and the mundane in a portrayal of the human condition. His people – always comic, distorted and exaggerated – are immediately recognizable. What is typical about Steven’s art is his keen observation of popular culture and understanding of human nature.