A Jour­ney Full of Laugh­ter

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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.

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