Lamb emerged from the rough-and-tumble streets of 1940s South Chicago
to transform a cash-poor funeral parlor into a multi-million dollar
business empire. But when a mysterious midlife illness caused him
to question the true value of his myriad accomplishments, Lamb stunned
family, friends, colleagues and competitors by turning his back
on business to become a self-taught painter.
not just a weekend painter of seascapes and sunsets - Lamb instead
painted what he saw in his dreams: undulating spirits and flamboyant
visions of heaven and hell, at once sophisticated and primitive,
supremely inspired and deeply disturbing.
Lamb's unique vision has made him one of the world's most controversial
painters. Tagged by some as an "“outsider" ”artist,
a designation he patently rejects, Lamb has seen his work collected
by the Vatican Museums, the Sorbonne, and fashion designer Pierre
Cardin - even as his art has been blacklisted by some of New York's
most powerful dealers. He has won rapturous reviews from critics
in publications from London to Karachi and has been hailed as an
heir to Pablo Picasso, even as he - and his millions - have been
derided as the antithesis of starving artist chic.
a new book, Matt Lamb: The Art of Success, renowned writer
and critic Richard Speer tells Lamb's story in a no-holds barred
style that is both uncompromising and uplifting. Given unprecedented
access to Matt Lamb's inner circle and the artist himself, Speer
traverses the world to provide an entertaining and honest picture
of what drove Lamb to triumph in the diametrically opposed worlds
of art and business.
coaxes Lamb to talk about the unconventional spiritual beliefs that
inform his paintings and examines why the artist, who feistily straddles
the bohemian and commercial worlds, has become a lightening rod
at the center of some of the art world's fiercest battles.
a visionary artist, Lamb's highly charged, expressionistic style
transcends the "primitive" label through his sophisticated
use of color and composition. Lamb's oil paintings feature a lively
cast of characters that are his own fantastic creations; with themes
ranging from pure whimsical expression to personal, social and religious
commentary, Lamb's work has the innate ability to connect with viewers
on many levels.
is certainly one of the most important artists in the art world
Giorgio Pilla, Venice Italy
art arrives as a moment of reconciliation among people. In a time
of war and terror, he brings comfort and hope with a new message."
- Professor Dr. Paolo Rizzi, San Marco Museum, Venice Italy
The National Treasury, Washington,
Veterans Administration Medial Center,
Knoxville Art Museum, TN
Rockford Art Museum, IL
The Veco Corporation, Chicago, IL
Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Chicago
The Honorable Richard M. Daley, Chicago,
St. Xavier College, Chicago, IL
Edward J. Derwinski, Secretary of
Pierre Cardin, Paris, France
Daniel Olivier, French Cultural Service,
Dr. Hubert Rohde, Mandelbachtal, Germany
ArtIPunto, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Vatican Museum, Vatican City, Rome,