Jim Lambie

(born 1964)
Jim Lambie ZOBOP 1999 © Jim Lambie. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017.


Lambie was born in Glasgow. When he left school he became involved with the local music scene, before studying Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art. After graduation he was amongst a group of students, including David Shrigley, Douglas Gordon and Roderick Buchanan, who arranged exhibitions of their work in non-traditional spaces from empty garages to their own bedrooms. Lambie’s work is loaded with references, sometimes metaphorical or ironic, to popular culture, art history and music. He lives in New York and Glasgow and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2005. Solo exhibitions have been staged at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2014); Shaved Ice, The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2012); Beach Boy, Pier Arts Centre, Orkney (2011) and Unknown Pleasures, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2008).

Glossary terms

  • An annual British art prize which was founded in 1984 by the Tate Gallery's Patrons of New Art. It is intended to promote public discussion of developments in contemporary British art and generates media attention and, at times, controversy. Winners include Gilbert and George , Richard Long, Rachel Whiteread and Douglas Gordon.