Sarah Lamb | 1972 | Petersburg, VA
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Artist Bio

Sarah Lamb is a talented and dynamic realist painter. With classical skill—and through transparency, depth and texture—she captures the minute details of everyday objects in her dramatic still lifes and luscious landscapes. She makes us love the familiar and see beauty in the mundane.


Born in Petersburg, VA, with a passion for art and an appreciation for the past, Sarah spent a semester at the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy before graduating from Brenau Women’s College with a BS degree in Studio Art in 1993. Following a summer workshop in Santa Fe, NM with renowned classical painter Jacob Collins, she spent two years painting at The Ecole Albert Defois in the Loire Valley with classical realist artist Ted Seth Jacobs.


In 1997 she moved to New York and spent the next 6 years studying and painting under Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier. During this time, she had successful one-woman shows in major galleries in Atlanta, Houston, and San Francisco and was represented in art galleries in Alexandria, VA, St. Simon’s Island and Gainesville, GA, Sag Harbor, NY and Madison, CT.


More recently, she has had sell-out, one-woman shows at the Spanierman Gallery in NY, the Meredith Long Gallery in Houston, TX and the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco. She has been featured in magazines such as American Artists, American Art Collector and Southwest Art as one of America’s most talented young painters.


British-born art critic, John A. Parks, wrote that “Sarah Lamb brings to her work a robustly sensual grasp of the world. Her keenness of eye and joyful brush make the whole enterprise feel freshly alive as she reminds us what the really wonderful things in life are.”


Sarah lives in Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley with her husband, artist, David Larned and their daughter Sadie.


Artist Exhibitions
Solo Exhibitions
 

2015    Sarah Lamb Solo Show, Grenning Gallery, New York, NY
2012    Recent Paintings, Spanierman Gallery, New York, NY
2012    Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX
2010    John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009    Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX
2008    Recent Paintings, Spanierman Gallery, New York, NY
2006    John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006    Spanierman Gallery, New York, NY
2005    Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX
2005    Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT
2003    John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003    Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX
2002    Swan Coach House, Atlanta, GA
2000    Introduction 2000, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000    Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX
1993    Brenau University, The Women’s College, Gainesville, GA
 

Museum Exhibitions
 

2016   The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
2013    Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
2012    Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA - All Hallow's Eve: Symbols of Halloween
2011    New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, CT - NEW/NOW - Sarah Lamb - Recent Paintings
2010    Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY - The Things Themselves
2010    Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA - Reality Check - Contemporary American Trompe L'oeil
 

Group Exhibitions
 

2016    Veritas: New Realism, Ann Korologos Gallery, Basalt, CO
2016    Cardone and Lamb, Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
2015    American Realism: Past to Present. Cavalier Galleries, New York, NY
2014    Sarah Lamb and Edward Minoff, Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY 
2013    Still Life, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013    Gallery Selections, Spanierman Gallery, New York, NY
2012    Trompe L'oeil, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010    Eat, Drink and Be Merry, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009    Recent Paintings, Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX
2007    Trompe l’oeil, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007    Five Women, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006    Water Street Atelier, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006    Interiors, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005    Valentines, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005    Paint What You Want, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004    Connecticut Landscapes, Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT
2004    New York Realism Today, Apex Gallery, Washington, DC
2003    Self Portraits, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003    Exposed: The Nude, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003    Still Life Tradition from the 18th Century to the Present, Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT
2003    Views of Balleroy, The Forbes Gallery, New York, NY
2003    Local Landscapes, Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT
2002    Still Lifes, Florals, Interiors, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CAGrenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York, Four person show

2001    GE General Headquarters, Fairfield, CT, New Masters Show
2001    John Pence, San Francisco, CA, "Homage To" Group show
2001    Meredith Long, Houston, TX, "Water Street Atelier Show"
2000    Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York, Sketches of Spain
2000    John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California, Introductions
1999    Meredith Long Gallery, "Water Street Atelier Show", Houston, Texas
1999    Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York


Artist Press
Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center
In the Studio: Sarah Lamb
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American Art Collector
Refined Minimalism
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The Sag Harbor Express
Holiday Show Brings Newcomers and Returning Artists to Grenning Gallery
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Fine Art Today: Fine Art Connoisseur | June 2016
A Pairing for the Ages
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Artist Catalogues
Sarah Lamb | 2015
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Sarah Lamb‘s role as one of our country’s leading Poetic Realists is demonstrated clearly with this solo show. In addition to her deft use of the abstract composition and design, we are now seeing her deeply American sensibility emerge. Lamb’s juxtaposition of European illusionistic still life and tromp l’oeil techniques applied to distinctly American objects is mesmerizing. Her recent move to Texas is starting to widen that gap even further as she supplants her familiar East Coast objects with Southwestern Americana. Lamb’s national following, comprised of collectors, the press and museum curators, eagerly await new works from her consistent and insightful hand.

This show is anchored by the grand scale weather vane paintings, which build on the theme she started in 2010. These giant tromp l’oeil paintings are technically entrancing, AND compelling compositions from across the room. Lamb is able to marry her highly refined craft to a more modern aesthetic by simplifying her palette and her design. “Dexter III” a moody interpretation of a popular subject, a galloping horse, is a quiet and powerful image of this very New England antique weathervane.

"Chocolate Cake and Milk” a contemporized version of the Dutch still life, however, somehow feels so… American. The coolness of the milk and the rich chocolate frosting is almost palpable. “Lobster”, “Mussels with Pitcher” and “Seckel Pears” each capture the feeling of her Mid-Atlantic States origin. To contrast, the partridge and pheasant still life paintings mark a shift toward a sporting life that is more particular to her new home in Texas. Of course the beautifully rendered copper pot is not new to her oeuvre. To round out the show, as a nod to her ardent followers, Lamb offers a series of stellar white flower still lifes, for which we continue to see an endless appetite.  

Born in Petersburg, Virginia in 1972, Lamb always demonstrated a passion for art and art history. She graduated from Brenau Women’s College with a BS in Studio Art in 1993, and during that degree program studied in Florence, Italy. Subsequently she studied with the renowned classical painters Jacob Collins in New York and then Ted Seth Jacobs in France.

Sarah Lamb recently moved to Houston Texas with her husband, the artist David Larnard, and their 5 year old daughter Sadie, from their home in Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley.

Comments by Laura Grenning, May, 2015


Sarah Lamb | 2014
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Continuing with the theme of contemporary classical realism is Lambs, “Antique Sulky Weathervane”. In this work we see an antique weathervane of a one-horse carriage atop a seemingly weathered pedestal. Lambs ability to capture the light on her subjects draws one in, while the vast inclusion of painstaking details keeps onlookers immersed in her compositions. With a limited palette, Lamb also manages to capture a sense of life and warmth in an otherwise cold and inanimate form. With the brassy oranges and hints of subdued yellows and green-tinted grays, a feeling of nostalgia is evoked from a subject that existed in a time entirely different then our own.



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