Matt Lamb

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About the Artist

Overview

 

As an artist, sculptor, philosopher, and unstoppable globetrotting dynamo, Matt Lamb was one of the most intriguing, confounding, pigeonhole-defying phenomena in contemporary art. The intensity of his colors, the topographic sensuality of his surfaces, and the freedom of his gesture have been hailed in publications such as ARTnews, The Times of London, and The Miami Herald.

 

 

Personal History

An Irish-American born in Chicago in 1932, Lamb had a successful career as an entrepreneur before a brush with death at the age of 51 led him to reevaluate his priorities, sell his businesses, and dedicate the remainder of his years to art. However, aspects of his business life (he was CEO of Chicago’s largest family-run funeral home franchise) continued to haunt his mysterious paintings, which teem with wraith-like creatures that Lamb calls “spirits speaking to us from the other side.”

 

 

By turns whimsical á la Marc Chagall and fearsome á la Jean Dubuffet, Lamb’s paintings are born of a secretive, proprietary process known as “The Dip,” wherein he suffuses canvases and panels in an alchemical mixture of corrosive, mutually repellant materials.  As they dry over a period of months or years, these materials pool and pucker into lustrous, craggy surfaces. Lamb works obsessively and prolifically in his studios in Chicago, Wisconsin, Florida, Ireland, France, Germany, and Argentina, and continues to divide his artistic output between figurative, abstract, and semi-abstract modes.

 

Artist and Peace Activist

A tireless activist for world peace, Lamb augments his art career with various projects that advance his personal mantra of “Peace, Tolerance, Understanding, Hope, and Love.”  Through his Umbrellas for Peace program, he has instilled these values in tens of thousands of schoolchildren around the globe, using art as a metaphor for acceptance. 

Lamb has organized peace seminars, rallies, and other initiatives to promote harmony between members of different religious faiths.  He has painted the interiors of entire Christian churches in five countries, but his work also resides in the collections of the Grand Mosque of Paris and the Spertus Museum of Judaica. 

 

 

Matt Lamb

Biography/ Exhibitions      

Matt Lamb Museums

Matt Lamb Museum, Gualeguay, Argentina

Matt Lamb Fantelli Museum, Mendoza, Argentina

Matt Lamb Museum, Tünsdorf, Germany

Matt Lamb Museum, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Matt Lamb Museum, Horta, Spain

Matt Lamb Museum, Kirkwood, Missouri, USA

 

Public Exhibitions

Westminster Cathedral London, UK

Schengen Peace Foundation, Schengen, Luxemburg

Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, USA

Notre Dame Cathedral, Lille, France

German Parliament Berlin, Germany

European Parliament, Strasbourg, France

University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, USA

Group d’amitie France Etats Unis, France

Cercle Munster Luxemburg

Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL

Weimer Chapel, Weimer, Germany

Chicago Cultural Center, USA

Salon de Deauville, France

Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece

St. Matthias Kolleg, Tuensdorf, Germany

Bodymed, Kirkel, Germany

Gasprom Collection, Berlin, Germany

Saarland Embassy, Berlin, Germany

Sammlung Saartoto Collection, Germany

Cows on Parade, Chicago, USA

University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

St. Augustin College, Bitche, France

Casa de Cultura, Gerona, Spain

State of Illinois Gallery, Lockport, USA

University of Bristol, UK

Holy Spirit Church, Mannheim, Germany

Dallas Children’s Theatre, USA

Great American Stuff, Hamtramack, USA

State Academy for Art Education, Germany

Bank Boston Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Notti Hospital, Mendoza, Argentina

Boys and Girls Club, San Francisco, USA

Capitol Hill, Washington, USA

Cabbot Hall, Canary Wharf, London, UK

Sistine Chapel, Vatican

St. Finbarrs Cathedral, Cork, Ireland

St. Mary and St. Anne’s Cathedral, Cork, Ireland

ESA Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium

SCI, Buenos Aires, Argentina

El Memorial, Buenos Aires, Argentina

House of Lords, London, UK

City of Banyuls sur Mer, France

Kreishaus, Vechta, Germany

Cork University Hospital, Ireland

Cork City Hospital, Ireland

Cork Opera House, Ireland

AIB Bank, Squiberreen, Ireland

Conseill Comarcal Alt Emporda, Figueras, Spain

City of Chicago, USA

The Pentagon, Washington, USA

T.A.P.S. Foundation, Washington, USA

Austin Hope and Light Center - Chicago - USA

Adult with Autism Charities - Ireland

Smyna Newspaper Collection, St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Gervais Collection, St. Gervais, France

Stadt Pont St. Martin Collection, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Museums

State Russian Museum of St. Petersburg, Russia

Dalí Museum Real Circulo Artistic, Barcelona

Picasso Museum, Horta, Spain

Vatican Museums, Rome, Italy

Kleisthaus Collection, Berlin, Germany

The National Treasury, Washington, USA.

The Russian Academy of Art, Moscow, Russia

National Museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Pia Almoina Collection, Barcelona

The National Museum of Modern Art, Poznan, Poland

Museo Fundació Joan Abelló Collection, Mollet de Valles

La Grande Moscee de Paris, banyls sur mer, France

Museum of the People’s Congress, Kunming, China

Ritsumeikan Peace Museum, Kyoto, Japan

Oxford University Museum, Oxford, UK

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

Asko Europa Museum, Otzenhausen, Germany

Joan Miro Museum, Montroig, Spain

St. Marco Museum, Venice, Italy

Rockford Museum, Illinois, USA

Bass Museum, Miami, USA

Fundación Armezcua, Barcelona, Spain

Museum Ambrosetti, Gualeguay, Argentina

Museum of Modern Art, Boca Raton, USA

Beverly Arts Center, Illinois, USA

Museum of Native Illinoisans, USA

Matt Lamb Chapel, Bad Berka, Weimar, Germany

Matt Lamb Chapel, Tünsdorf, Germany

Kochhaus Museum, Schengen, Luxembourg

Espace Cardin, Paris, France

St. Martin Church, Tünsdorf, Germany

Museum of Contemporary Art, Ferrara, Italy

Mrodziezowy Dom Kultury Nr. 3, Poznan, Poland

The Zemak Museum, Poznan, Poland

The Spertus Museum of Judaica, Chicago, USA

The State of Illinois Gallery, Lockport, USA

Jesuit Museum, Dallas, USA

The Museum for Folk, Naïve and Outsider Artists, Chicago, USA

Love Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, USA

Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, USA

Burlington Museum of History, Burlington, USA

Fundación Espacios, Gualeguay, Argentina

Fundación Els Arcs, Barcelona, Spain

Sitges Museum Collection, Sitges

Maison de la Culture Collection, Poznan, Poland

New England Fine Art Institute, Boston, USA

 

Education Centers

Argentina

Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires

Fundación Espacios, Gualeguay, Entre Rios

Escuela N°68 J.A. Broches; mural of 20 sqm, Gualeguay, Entre Rios

Escuela “Museo de Bellas Artes. Gral. Urquiza, Buenos Aires

Escuela « Enrique Guillermo Parker, Buenos Aires

Escuela « Saturnino Segurola, Buenos Aires

Escuela “Juan de Garay”, Buenos Aires

Escuela « José Pedro Varela, Buenos Aires

Escuela « Juan Enrique Pestalozzi, Buenos Aires

Escuela Museo Nº 1 Distrito Escolar Nº 12, Buenos Aires

Escuela Nº 7 Distrito escolar Nº 5, Buenos Aires

Colegio Nuestra Señora de Fátima, Bulogne

Escuela N°1 Castelli, Gualeguay, Entre Rios

Escuela N°2 Chiclana, Gualeguay, Entre Rios

Escuela N°6 Victoriano Montes, Gualeguay, Entre Rios

Escuela N°8 M. Laurencena, Gualeguay, Entre Rios

Escuela N°12 de Artes Visuales, Roberto Sciuto, Gualeguay, Entre Rios

Escuela N°67 Celestino Marcó, Gualeguay, Entre Rios

Escuela Normal E. A. Bavio, Gualeguay, Entre Rios

Escuela Especial Lucecitas, Gualeguay, Entre Rios

Colegio San José, Gualeguay, Entre Rios

Austria

University of Vienna, Department of Economics

England

Bradford University, Bradford

Oxford University Hospital, Oxford

University of Bristol, Bristol

Belfield Community Primary School, Lancashire

Standbury School Collection

France

Sorbonne University collection, Paris

Collège St. Augustin, Bitche

Germany

St. Matthias Kolleg, Tünsdorf

Europäische Akademie, Otzenhausen

Gesamtschule Orscholz, Mettlach

Neumühle Collection, Tünsdorf

Ireland

University College, Cork

Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts, Dublin

Maternity Hospital Collection Cork, Cork

Italy

Giovanni Caboto Università, Rome

North American College, Vatican City

Japan

Ritsumeikan University , Kyoto

Spain

Fundación Els Arcs, Barcelona

CEIP Joan Miró, Miami Platja

United States

Texas A&M University / On-line Project, College Station, TX

Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL

St. Xavier University, Chicago, IL

St. Thomas University, Minneapolis, MN

Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL

Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI

Benedictine University, Lisle, IL

University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, WI

Rosary College, Forest River, IL

Sacré Coeur Heartland College, Aledo, IL

 

 

 

Literature:

The Barcelona Collection, 2007 by Authors: Josep Fèlix Bentz.  Languages: English, French, German and Spanish.

 

Matt Lamb in the State Russian Museum of St. Petersburg, 2007 by Alexander Borovsky.  Language: English.

 

Matt Lamb: The Art of Success, 2005 by Richard Speer.  Language: English

 

Matt Lamb and the carnevale mask of Venice, 2005 by Enrique Mallen, Paolo Rizzi and Guido Klinkner.  Languages: Italian and English.

 

Lamb encounters Miró, 2004 by Enrique Mallén, Richard Speer, Miquel Anquera i Brú and Sebastián Benedetti. Languages: Spanish, English, German and Catalonian.

 

Matt Lamb – Museo Gualeguay, 2004 by Authors: Diego Gougenheim and Patricia Miguez.  Language: Spanish.

 

Lamb encounters Picasso, 2003 by Enrique Mallen, Leonard Folgarit, Richard Speer and Elias Gastón. Languages: Spanish, German and English.

 

Lamb: Peace, Tolerance, Understanding, Hope and Love, 2002 by The Pope Juan Pablo II, Julio Sapollnik, various. Language: Spanish, German and English.

 

Matt Lamb- Exhibition at Jardin de Paz (Argentina), 2002

 

Matt Lamb- Millennium exhibition at Westminster Cathedral, 2000. Language: English.

 

Matt Lamb- His Art and Philosophy, 1993-1994 by Mary Towley Swanson.  Language: English.

 

Matt Lamb-Carl Hammer Gallery Exhibition, 1990-1991 by Lisa Stone and Michael Bonesteel.  Language: English.

 

 

 

MATT LAMB at Galleria DiPadova              April 2009

Painter, sculptor, philosopher, and unstoppable globetrotting dynamo Matt Lamb is one of the most intriguing, confounding, pigeonhole-defying phenomena in contemporary art. 

 

Matt Lamb was born in Chicago, 1932, the son of a funeral director. Lamb had a successful career as an entrepreneur, (he was CEO of Chicago’s largest family-run funeral home franchise) before a brush with death at the age of 51 led him to reevaluate his priorities, sell his businesses, and dedicate the remainder of his years to art.  However, aspects of his business life continued to haunt his mysterious paintings, which teem with wraith-like creatures that Lamb calls “spirits speaking to us from the other side.” 

 

Lamb’s paintings are born of a secretive, proprietary process known as “The Dip,” wherein he suffuses canvases and panels in an alchemical mixture of corrosive, mutually repellant materials.  As they dry over a period of months or years, these materials pool and pucker into lustrous, craggy surfaces.  His is a whimsical, ethereal infusion of color, texture and free gesture.  His pictorial writing has been compared to Picasso’s ‘shorthand for profound spiritual feelings”, the freedom of Debuffet, the breath of Chagall.  Lamb’s ability to access and open the wonderful and endless world of childhood in his canvases echoes a ‘picassian’ influence and yet the liberation he gives his imagery is pure, curious and spontaneous, emerging new and unaffected by age.  His work also celebrates the dream of peace all around the world and how art and imagery can evoke the same deep emotion and depth of meaning in all cultures.  His lines and colors simply cannot live in a certain place or time.

 

“Can art change the world? Absolutely!” – Matt Lamb

 

Lamb however does live in our world of global consciousness and information.  It is than easy to understand Lamb’s passion for world peace and international understanding. A tireless activist, Lamb also augments his art career with various projects that advance his personal mantra of “peace, tolerance, understanding, hope, and love.”  Through his Umbrellas for Peace program, he has instilled these values in tens of thousands of schoolchildren around the globe, using art as a metaphor for acceptance.  The project involves painting and decorating umbrellas by children and adults. The individual artistically designed umbrellas represent the personal values of world peace. A subsequent parade happens throughout their neighborhoods or campus. This is a manifestation of the individual bringing peace throughout their world that they live in.  This is a project dear to his heart and life’s work.

 

He has organized seminars, rallies, and other initiatives to promote harmony between members of different religious faiths.  He has painted the interiors of entire Christian churches in five countries, but his work also resides in the collections of the Grand Mosque of Paris and the Spertus Museum of Judaica.  Today, Lamb is reaching out to new generations of activists and art lovers through his website, With his wife Rose at his side, he travels widely, spreading a message of optimism and empowerment through his personal appearances and his sumptuous, singularly gripping art.

 

Lamb has been hailed in publications such as ARTnews, The Times of London, and The Miami Herald, and celebrated in exhibitions at the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), Centre-Picasso (Horta, Spain), Centre Joan Miró (Mont-roig, Spain), Westminster Cathedral (London), Espace Pierre Cardin (Paris), Museo di Sant’Apollonia (Venice), and The Vatican Museums of Modern Art.  Art critic and television personality Sister Wendy Beckett calls Lamb “an artist who celebrates life with big, free shapes and unabashed color,” while the Chicago Sun-Times interprets his unique pictorial vocabulary as “a hymn to universal forces... seizing the viewer with freewheeling, joyous movement and exuberant, earthy colors.” At the opening of an October 2007 exhibition in Dublin, Ireland, celebrated Spanish curator Josep Bentz proclaimed Lamb “a complete, authentic artist and, I daresay, a genius.”

 

 

Matt Lamb Museums can be found throughout the world in Argentina, Russia, Germany and Luxembourg.  In 2009 a Lamb-Dali museum will be established in Chicago featuring approximately $50 million each of Matt Lamb and Salvatore Dali’s artwork. Recent one-man museum exhibitions were held at The State Russian Museum, Centre Picasso (Spain), Museum de la Pia Almoina (Barcelona’s Cathedral Square), Maricel Museum (Sitges, Spain), and the Kleisthaus (Berlin, Germany).