Darius Lambert, Caesura, 2011, oil on linen, 78x58cm
Darius Lambert, Isthmus, 2011, oil on linen, 78x58cm
Lambert highlights painting's dual nature of representing what is real whilst simultaneously being aware of its own artificiality. His meticulous paintings of houseplants identify the botanic garden as a fitting example of a real artificial construct; climate controlled greenhouses deceive real plants into growing where they would not naturally occur. In the tropical greenhouse there is no attempt to suspend the visitor’s disbelief. All artifice is exposed; a humidifier hangs alongside a tropical vine, informative signs scatter the vegetative floor and the omnipresent grid of the greenhouse hangs close above the cultivated canopy. Lambert is fascinated by the history of the botanic garden and its dual role in society for the interests of research and leisure, drawing many analogies with painting. The exotic status of the plants he paints has long been overridden by more familiar or domestic associations and by removing them from their common habitat of the home or office, without returning them to their native environment, they exist in an empty void. He considers the paintings as portraits of these lost plants.
Darius Lambert lives and works in London. He has BA Fine Art Painting, Wimbledon College of Art, London, 2011. Recent exhibitions include Clash and Converge, Camberwell Space, London, 2011; Hans Brinker Trophy, Hans Brinker Budget Hotel, Amsterdam, Holland, 2010; Twenty+Some, The Rag Factory, London, 2010 and PMI, 7-23 Gallery, Kyoto, Japan, 2009. He also won first prize Landmark PLC, 2011 and The Prunella Clough Painting Award, 2010.