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 50 of 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.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Marc Lamy, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
Marc Lamy, Interlignes, Paris
Marc Lamy, Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Brussels 25th Contemporary Art Fair, Brussels
Outsider Art Fair, New York
5 Year Anniversay Group Show, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
Art Brut Drawings, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
De Stadshof Collection, Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent
Eternod-Mermod Collection, Halle Saint Pierre, Paris
Opere di Art Brut dalla collezione Eternod-Mermod di Losanna, Galleria Gottardo, Lugano
Treasures of the Soul: Who is Rich?, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore
Masters of the Margin, De Stadshof Museum, Zwolle (Netherlands)
Eternod-Mermod Collection of Lausanne, Begles (France)
Les Obsessionels, Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne
Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne
Lille Métropole Musée d'Art Moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut, Villeneuve d'Asq
Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent
Editions Banque Paris-Bas-Institut pour l'étude de l'art, Les Musées Suisses, Zürich, 2001.
Peiry, Lucienne, The Origins of Outsider Art, ADAGP, Paris, 2001.
Art spirite, mediumnique, visionnaire: messages d'outre-monde, exhibition catalogue, Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, 1999.
Van Berkum, Ans, Masters of the Margin, exhibition catalogue, De Stadshof Collection, Zwolle, 1999.