Photo by: Rachel Pick


Vanessa Lam investigates the dynamics of form, space and the unconscious through collage and mixed media painting. She refers to Abstract Expressionism in her work through the use of gesture and automatic painting. It is an action-oriented process that involves a balance between chance and control. Although her mark-making may appear incidental, Lam loosely directs paint through the immediacy of brushwork and use of non-traditional painting tools. This spontaneity translates into her collage process. It provokes her to instinctively respond to materials for shape, texture, line and colour. Reciprocally, the element of juxtaposition in collage informs her creation of contrast through the placement of paint and the variance in mark-making in her painting process. It is this fluid movement between chance and control that influences her to examine both disciplines.


Mixed media painter Vanessa Lam creates dialogue between collage and expressive gestural painting. While pursuing a career in health care, she maintained an interest in art that began with studies at the University of British Columbia. Progressing this interest, Lam entered into Continuing Studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She has sold and exhibited her work at artist-run and public galleries both locally and internationally.  Lam was awarded the Vancouver Regional Award and Grand Prize Award for the 2017 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. As part of her award, she collaborated with Artsy for her first solo exhibition in New York. Her work was also featured in Create! Magazine and Uppercase Magazine. Lam was recently an artist-in-residence at Takt Projektraum in Berlin, Germany. Her work can be found in private collections in Vancouver, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. She currently lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia.