Canon Philosopher, watercolour, 2003
Brian Lambert is a London-based visual artist, musician, music co-ordinator, and curator. Recent exhibitions have included his works in chalk pastel, watercolour, and sculpture. Over a long association with London galleries and Forest City Gallery (FCG) there were also many opportunities for him to organize exhibitions and concerts.
In 1984, FCG moved from 231 Dundas St. to the Aoelian Hall building across from The Embassy Hotel. It seemed a natural fit to co-ordinate FCG music programs with Ron Benner and Jamelie Hassan at the Embassy Cultural House. The Embassy Hotel was a longstanding venue for music in London, and was a mainstay in the punk/alternative music scene that was raging in London in the late 1970’s and well into the 1980’s.
In 2012, BL curated Graphic Underground - London 1977-1990 for McIntosh Gallery, where he has worked as Collections Manager since 2005. Graphic Underground and the subsequent catalogue (McIntosh Gallery, 2013) focuses on the prolific output of posters and zines that remain to represent this energy-driven art scene. Ironically, while a larger international music community acknowledged London, it remained unknown to most Londoners.
As a musician, BL has released a nearly completed album of original instrumental music Songs for the Chameleon, under the band name Nach Dem Tode. Although BL plays most of the instruments, he had the great privilege to work with blues guitarist Robert McMurray, who played regularly with Eric Stach at the ECH, and his brother Pete ‘Lambourghini’, who sits in on drums on most tracks. In the early 1980’s, Peter and BL played many times at the Embassy Hotel at a time when it was one of the premiere London venues for live punk and alternative music performance.
Current bodies of work include the ongoing production of a graphic novel Songs for the Chameleon. (Don’t hold you’re breath. This could take a while. - BL)
Songs from the album include:
Letters From Yushiko: https://nachdemtode.bandcamp.com/track/letters-from-yushiko
Videos for five of these new compositions are currently available:
Meadowlily: Meadowlily is an homage to the wonderful natural area in East London, Meadowlily Woods, where I have gone to walk for the last 35 years. It is one of the finest natural areas I have hiked, and I’ve hiked in a lot of beautiful places. Let’s save this amazing place London Council! Morons.
Crow Dancer: Crow Dancer is an animated film employing old school methods, drawing hundreds of individual cels and placing end to end and mucking with them. Parts of both the music and video were recorded in several location in Ireland, where I have lived on and off since the mid 1980’s.
Brian Lambert, Meadowlily, 2020