HAMELIN Bay artist Lou Lambert has received a prestigious Helen Lempriere Scholarship of $30,000.
Announced last week by Perpetual and Sculpture by the Sea, the scholarship honours three artists, the others being Philip Spelman of Australian Capital Territory and Tom de Munk-Kerkmeer of Western Australia.
The funds are awarded as part of the Helen Lempriere Bequest, a charitable trust providing scholarships for the applied arts and crafts.
“It was fantastic,” Lou said of receiving the scholarship.
“A real surprise, you don’t apply. There is a committee and they narrow it down to select the artists.
“I’ve always been aware of the scholarship. It’s very coveted.”
As an owner-builder in Hamelin Bay, he describes his new house as “a large piece of sculpture”.
Born in Subiaco, Lou studied sculpture at Perth Technical College and Curtin University, before working as an assistant to British sculptor Phillip King in London.
On returning to Australia, Lou lectured in drawing and sculpture at the School of Fine Art, Curtin University.
His work is in many major Australian public collections, and he has also represented Australian contemporary sculpture abroad, most prominently in Japan.
His biggest work is in a $US3 billion park in Tokyo.
He plans to use his scholarship to conduct research in Australia, including exploring large-scale contemporary glass process as a potential art medium, as well as travel overseas to experience foreign landscapes and respected artists’ works in countries such as Cambodia, Sri Lanka and India. He will also travel to Prague, Berlin, the UK, and Holland, visiting archaeological sites and architectural structures such as ancient astronomy structures in India, and the Kroller Muller outdoor sculpture museum in Holland.
“I experience the space in the landscape, and in that space you find your own space,” he said.