Joanna Lamb

Joanna Lamb's hard-edged and highly refined compositions depict spaces of (sub)urbanity as an ongoing exploration of place. Stylistically, the works waver between realism and abstraction.

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Apartment 022017, 2017, acrylic on paper, 56 x 75cm
Apartment 022017, 2017, acrylic on paper, 56 x 75cm | Joanna Lamb

Joanna Lamb was born in Perth, Western Australia. She graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) from Edith Cowan University and a Bachelor of Arts (Design) from Curtin University in 1997. Since her first solo show in 1997 Lamb has maintained a regular exhibiting schedule traversing the practices of painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture .

Joanna’s hard-edged and highly refined compositions depict spaces of (sub)urbanity as an ongoing exploration of place. Stylistically, the works waver between realism and abstraction. Joanna’s work draws on her family connection with the Perth Print Industry and a preoccupation with the processes involved in the reproduction of imagery. Her work has a mechanical feel which often negates the handmade processes of her work.

Her work was included in Mix Tape at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in 2005 and in Parallel Lives: Australian Painting Today, TarraWarra Biennial, TarraWarra Museum of Art Healesville in 2006. In 2007 Lamb was highly commended at the ABN Amro Emerging Artist Award, and was voted one of ‘Australia’s 50 Most Collectable Artists’ by Australian Art Collector.

She has participated in many other institutional shows such as Holiday and Memory, Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest, Sydney, 2013; Built, Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2009; Sublime Point, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW, 2014; The Triumph of Modernism in the Art of Australia, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW and TarraWarra Museum of Art Healesville, 2015; and Invisible Genres, John Curtin Gallery Curtin University, WA, 2016. In 2014 her work was shortlisted for National Works on Paper at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize.

Lamb’s works are included in prominent collections including the Art Gallery of Western Australia; Parliament House, Canberra; TarraWarra Museum of Art, VIC; Macquarie University, Sydney; La Trobe University, Melbourne; Edith Cowan University, Perth; The University of Western Australia; and Murdoch University, Perth.