Steve Lambert

THE WAY OF BIRDS

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Walking the Camel estuary, daily, observing winter waders on the move in the muddy winter light. Those of us who ritually nature walk know it is an elixir for mind and body – rousing the poetic muse.

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Steve Lambert’s painted waders exude quietude. The latin ‘stilla’ meaning ‘a drop,’ in this context is the perfect distillation of memory, psyche and observation. Steve grew up in a house full of bird books and went bird watching with his father, an amateur ornithologist. A career in illustration was a natural step. And so, with deep knowledge and long-time experience, each painting is in its essence, ‘a drop.’

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Named birds: sanderling, lapwing, dunlin, curlew, shank and sandpiper, undergo a gradual transformation. Steve’s painted birds are earthbound, close winged and elegant with their long down-curved beaks, but they are also chimeric, imaginary archetypes.

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Each canvas is a frame for a bird set against a white background. The emphasis is on purity of shape and harmony of colour. These paintings radiate inner light, through plain grey and buff brown hues – as do the painted birds on fine white porcelain, from old China.

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In Cornwall we have outstanding coast and countryside. We come from nature and if we don’t live it deeply, artistic expression has no value in society, it is merely picturesque. Lambert’s paintings come from his communion with estuary life – they evince the pulse of the winter bird.

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