Jim Lambie ZOBOP 1999 © Jim Lambie. All rights reserved, DACS, London 2023


Born 1964
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Airdrie

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

Glossary terms

Turner Prize

Founded in 1984, the Turner Prize is awarded annually to the ‘most outstanding contribution’ to British art that took place in the last year.

Installation art

An art practice developed in the second half of the twentieth century that broke away from the view of a sculpture as a singular object to be looked at. Instead, installation artists create an environment that may surround the viewer. Many are temporary or created for a particular location.