Tom Lamb

Marks on the Land is a continuing theme or structure in his work – from ancient rock art found in the canyons and by-ways to the designed and found landscapes of the formal and informal gardens and special spaces of the world. Created flying low from helicopters over the agricultural and the abandoned landscapes of California and elsewhere. These views, extracted from their context, have produced the concept for this abstract expressionistic continuing series of photographs.

It is the relationship between Lamb's photographs and abstract painting that is perhaps the most direct association for the viewer and one that he emphasizes in his visual compostions and in the titles of certain works. Lamb's introduction to the art movement known as Abstract Expressionism came while he was a graduate student at the Rhode Island School of Design in the late 1970s. During that time, Lamb assisted Aaron Siskind, who was well known for his own abstract photographic work. While Siskind located abstraction in extreme close-ups of urban elements such as the textures and layers of peeling paint, the build up of materials on billboards, and the gestures revealed in graffiti, Lamb achieves abstraction by pulling back and showing us bigger swatches of land, in color, from the top down. The lines, patterns, and gestures in these landscapes - some built and some natural - call to mind the abstract canvases of painters as varied as Robert Motherwell, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman and Cy Twombly.


BFA, Printmaking, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford

MFA, Photography, Rhode Island School of Design

Center of the Eye, Aspen, Colorado

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