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Feature Interview with Artist Trisha Lambi

11 August, 2014

When you see Trisha Lambi’s artworks you are struck by the unique way she has captured femininity. Her paintings are sensuous and interesting.

She has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. Highlights of her career include her selection to represent Australia at the 2006 and 2007 Guangzhou Art Fair in China and her selection as a finalist in the 2012 Art Taipei International Competition. She was selected as a Zone winner in the London Olympics 2012 Art Show which ran for the duration of the Olympics Games.

On top of all these achievements, she manages to create highly original works that are both creative and visually interesting. We thought it was time we took sometime out to get know the person and the practice.

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Firstly, what sort of training did you have/what is your artistic background?

I have no formal training – I started a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree soon after school, however to say I didn’t persist would be the understatement of the year! Over the years I took lessons here and there but it wasn’t until I had my children that I found the time and inclination to really devote myself to painting. In 2004 I read a book by Patricia Moran (a fabulous Australian artist), the title of which I can’t remember, but it was about oil painting and how to paint tonally. The penny dropped and my work improved immeasurably and continues to do so, as I am forever practising! I often toy with the idea of going back and completing that degree – perhaps when my youngest finishes school.

Tell us about the female subjects in your work, how do you want them to be perceived?

I’ve always been drawn to the female form even as a very young child. I don’t know why it draws me in so much. I simply see beauty I think. I’m not really sure how I want them to be perceived – however I do know that I don’t want them to be perceived in a pornographic way which some people seem to do, particularly my later work. I simply want people to be able to feel the sensuality and the emotion which is inherent in each piece and relate that back to their own life experiences.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

The best advice I ever received was to paint daily which I try to do. Another was to develop a thick skin as rejection is an integral part of the life of an artist. I also try to do this, but it is difficult. And I’ve had a lot of practise!!

Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?

The past couple of years have been difficult – my father died in April after a long battle with cancer and my mother has recently been diagnosed with motor neurone disease. The piece I’m currently working on reflects the charged emotions I’ve felt as I’ve grappled with Mum’s diagnosis so soon after Dad’s death. While my choice of subject, composition and palette are never premeditated, it’s only when I think back on it that I realise these choices are totally influenced by my feelings and it will be interesting to see how this painting evolves.

Finally, what inspires you to paint?

In the first instance, light on form always inspires me to paint- and the whole adventure begins from there.

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To see  Trisha’s work for sale on Artfuly click HERE 

2 of Trisha’s artworks are also being exhibited now until the end of October with an Opening night on Wednesday 27th August at our brand new exhibiting venue at ‘Brixton Lounge and Dining’ On Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney – Please RSVP here.

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Words by: Stephanie Southcombe

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