artists

Marc Lamy

Born 1939 in Lyon, France

Born in 1939, Marc Lamy was educated in a Jesuit monastery and attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts before stepping back from the art world. His parents were makers of stained glass and as a boy Lamy spent time watching them repair the bombed-out windows of French churches damaged in the Second World War. Later, he held several jobs including that of a hospital orderly, a restaurateur, and then as a worker in a home for juvenile delinquents.

In 1988 Lamy began to struggle with insomnia and auditory hallucinations and was admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Inspired, he says, by supernatural voices seemingly coming to him from the depths of time, he began to draw “like a knight errant” and has produced a significant body of work using only a standard, black-ink, mechanical drawing pen. He finds hypnotic virtue in drawing, with the repetitive to-and-fro movements of ink lines as they grow on the paper. Lamy’s compositions are geometrically elaborate, in which faces pop out of his meticulously drafted patterns. The finely drawn lines may crisscross on top of each other or be spaced more liberally to create billowing shapes.

A solo exhibit for Lamy took place at the Collection de l’art brut in Lausanne in 1994 and 50of his drawings were displayed in the American Visionary Art Museum’s Treasures of the Soul exhibit in 2001.His work is in the permanent collections of the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, the Museum Dr. Guislain in Ghent, Belgium and the Musée de l’Art Brut in Paris.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2003
Marc Lamy, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY

2002
Interlignes, Paris

1994
Marc Lamy, Collection de L'Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
World Made By Hand, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY

2015
Outsider Art: Creativity Outside the Mainstream, Gemeenstemuseum den Haage, The Hauge, The Netherlands

2011
All Folked Up!, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY

2007
Brussels 25th Contemporary Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium
Outsider Art Fair, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY

2006
5 Year Anniversary Group Show, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY

2005
Art Brut Drawings, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
Outsider Art Fair, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY

2002
De Stadshof Collection, Museum Dr. J Guislain, Ghent, Belgium

2001
Eternod-Mermod Collection, Halle St. Pierre, Paris, France

2001
Eternod-Mermod Collection, Halle St. Pierre, Paris, France
Opere di Art Brut dalla collezione Eternod-Mermod di Losanna, Galleria Gottardo, Lugano, Switzerland

2000
Treasures of the Soul: Who is Rich?, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

1999
Masters of the Margin, De Stadshof Museum, Zwolle, The Netherlands

1997
Eternod-Mermod Collection of Lausanne, Begles, France

1994
Les Obsessionels, Collection de L'Art Brut, Lausanne

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Collection de L'Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland
Musée de Arte Moderne Lille Metropole, Villeneuve D'Asq, France
Museum Dr. J Guislain, Ghent, Belgium

BOOKS AND CATALOGUES

2001
Lés Musées Suisses, Editions Banque Paris-Bas, Zurich: Instituit pour l’etude de l’art, Print.

Peiry, Lucienne, The Origins of Outsider Art, Paris: ADAGP, Print.

1999
Art Spirite Médiumnique Visionaire : Messages d’Outre Monde, Halle Saint-Pierre, Paris, Catalogue, Print.

Collection Jean-David Mermod-Philippe Eternod, Begles, France, Catalogue, Print.

Van Berkum, Ans, Masters of the Margin, (English and Dutch) De Stadshof Collection, Catalogue, Zwolle, The Netherlands, Print.

1994
Cahier de L’Art Brut, Collection de L’Art Brut de Lausanne, Catalogue, Print.

Marc Lamy