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Sun Visor 2014

Jim Lambie (1964 – )


53 x 73
Archival pigment print with spray paint
Accession number


Jim Lambie (born Glasgow, 1964) is known internationally for his floor installations and sculptures that respond to and alter our experience of the architecture in which they are presented.

His work employs everyday, contemporary materials and objects, both found and fabricated, such as record sleeves, clothing, ornaments and furniture. These objects are transformed into new sculptural forms that express his interest in music and popular culture. Lambie’s use of bright, often day-glo colour is founded in his interest in synaesthesia and the psychology of space. The artist has also produced numerous collages and prints that often include images of iconic figures such as David Bowie and John Lyndon.

‘Jim Lambie’s trip to Antigua gave him the opportunity to experience at first hand Caribbean culture as expressed in the island’s musical traditions and architecture. The digital print Sun Visor is Lambie’s interpretation of being ‘below another sky’: it features a red-billed Tropicbird, known for swooping down from great heights, as it flashes in to view under a blazing sun.’[i]

Below another sky was the first collaborative programme developed by the Scottish Print Network, a partnership between Dundee Contemporary Arts, Edinburgh Printmakers, Glasgow Print Studio, Highland Print Studio, Inverness and Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen.

10 artists from Scotland and 10 from Commonwealth countries were invited to undertake research residencies during 2013 and 2014. Artists from Scotland travelled to Antigua, Baffin Bay, Bangladesh, Canada, India, New Zealand and Zambia; artists from Australia, Canada, India and Pakistan were on residency in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

Each artist worked with one of the five print studios on the development of ambitious and innovative new work in print, taking full advantage of the excellent range of resources, equipment and expertise available through each organisation.

Below another sky takes its name from the poem ‘Travel’, published in 1865 by the Edinburgh-born author Robert Louis Stevenson.


[i] Claire Forsyth, Glasgow Print Studio