Jim Lambie

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Detail of Lambie's installation at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D. C., showing typical use of colored tape.

James "Jim" Lambie (born 1964 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a contemporary visual artist, and was shortlisted for the 2005 Turner Prize with an installation called Mental Oyster.

Jim Lambie graduated from the Glasgow School of Art (1990-1994) with a Honors Bachelors of Arts degree. He lives and works in Glasgow, and also operates as a musician and DJ.[1] He once played in the popular Glaswegian band The Boy Hairdressers,[2] which went on to become Teenage Fanclub.[3]


Lambie specialises in colourful sculptural installations made from everyday modern materials including pop culture objects, such as posters and album covers, and household accessories.[1][4] The other trademark theme in his artistic practice is using brightly coloured vinyl tape arranged into patterns around the floor of the gallery space, tracing the shape of the room to reveal the idiosyncrasies of its architecture.[4] The vinyl tape, an everyday material applied in continuous lines, has a capacity to transform the dynamics of space, changing a quiet gallery space into an energetic and emotional space of sensory pleasure. Lambie creates a rhythm that vibrates and pulsates, and even confuses and disorients the spectator. According to Lambie: “For me something like Zobop, the floor piece, it is creating so many edges that they all dissolve. Is the room expanding or contracting? … Covering an object somehow evaporates the hard edge off the thing, and pulls you towards more of a dreamscape.”[5]

In addition to his mesmerizing floor installations, Lambie creates found object sculptures.[6]

Solo Exhibitions[edit]


Beach Boy, Pier Art Centre, Orkney, Scotland

Jim Lambie – New works, La Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris

Franco Noero, Turin

Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas

Metal Urban, The Modern Institute/ Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow

Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, UK


Television, Sadie Coles HQ, London

Atelier Hermes, Seoul

Jim Lambie: Selected works 1996- 2006, Charles Riva Collection, Brussels


RSVP: Jim Lambie, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Festival Secret Affair, Inverleith House, Ediburgh

Forever Changes, (part of Glasgow International 2008), Glasgow Museum of Modern

Art, Glasgow

Rowche Rumble, c/o Atle Gerhardson, Berlin

Eight Miles High, ACC, Melbourne, Australia

Unknown Pleasures, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo


The Prismatics – Jim Lambie, Anton Kern Gallery, New York


Directions – Jim Lambie, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C

Jim Lambie, Anton Kern Gallery, New York

Jim Lambie P.I.L., Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo


Thirteenth Floor Elevator, Concentrations 47, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas

Byrds, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland

Shoulder Pad, Sadie Coles HQ, London


Mental Oyster, Anton Kern Gallery, New York

Grand Funk, OPA, Guadalajara, Mexico

Contemporary Art Centre, Istanbul

My Boyfriend’s Back, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf

Mars Hotel, Franco Noero, Sonia Rosso, Turin


Kebabylon, Inverleith House, Edinburgh

Male Stripper, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

Paradise Garage, Moore Space, Miami


Salon Unisex, Sadie Coles, London

The Breeder projects, Athens, Greece


Boy Hairdresser, Anton Kern Gallery, New York

Jim Lambie, The Modern Institute, Glasgow

Blank Generation, Jack Hanley, San Francisco

Jim Lambie, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin


Black Gloss, Anton Kern Gallery, New York Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf

Sonia Rosso Gallery, Milan, Italy ∗

Fictional, Triangle, Paris


Weird Glow, Sadie Coles HQ, London

ZOBOP, The Showroom Gallery, London

Voidoid, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow


Ultralow Video Screening Carnival, Soho, London, UK


Jim Lambie

Published by The Modern Institute, Glasgow; Sadie Coles HQ, London and Anton Kern Gallery, New York in collaboration with Koenig Books, London Texts by Will Bradley and Rob Tufnell Hardcover, 125 pages, English, Glasgow 2004 ISBN 3-88375-830-2


  1. ^ a b Two Glasgow boys stake Scottish claim to Turner Prize, Anna Millar, Scotland on Sunday, June 5, 2005. NewsBank.
  2. ^ Lambie takes steps to add to floor show, David Pollock, Edinburgh Evening News, Scotland, February 5, 2003. NewsBank.
  3. ^ The teenagers who just won't grow up, Kevin Courtney, Irish Times, Dublin, January 27, 2003. NewsBank.
  4. ^ a b Tate Britain, as above
  5. ^ http://www.webexhibits.org/colorart/lambie.html
  6. ^ http://www.cmoa.org/international/the_exhibition/artist.asp?lambie

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