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Joanna Lamb

About the work

In 2013 I began an ongoing series of large-scale wall paintings called the ‘Pool’ paintings. These have been an experimentation with abstraction and objectification. The shape of the works is formed by the outline of a backyard pool and the image contained within is a reduced and abstracted representation of the environment it is reflecting. The pool may be seen as a symbol of summer freedoms and idealities. These moments however are always transitory just as the shimmering surface of the water is willing to be broken. The pools are intended to be temporary installations to be painted over and then recreated somewhere else. These works loosely reference the pools of David Hockney and Ed Ruscha’s own series ‘Nine Swimming Pools. The pool exhibited in contour 556 is Pool 3.

Pool 3 has been supported by DOMA Group.


Pool 3 by Joanna Lamb

About the artist

Through a practice of painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture Joanna Lamb’s hard-edged and refined geometric compositions depict suburban and urban spaces as an ongoing exploration of place.

Her work was included in Parallel Lives: Australian Painting Today, TarraWarra Biennial, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria in 2006. In 2007 Lamb was highly commended at the ABN Amro Emerging Artist Award, and was voted one of ‘Australia’s 50 Most Collectable Artists’ by Australian Art Collector. Her work has been shortlisted for several prizes including National Works on Paper Art Prize at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Geelong Contemporary Art Prize and Bankwest Contemporary Art Prize. In 2019 she collaborated with Black Swan State Theatre and her work was used on promotional material throughout the 2019 Season ‘Where the Heart is’ which explored ideas of belonging, family and home. She has had solo shows in Australia and Singapore.

Collections include Art Gallery of Western Australia, Parliament House Canberra, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Macquarie University, La Trobe University, Edith Cowan University, University of Western Australia, Murdoch University and Wesfarmers.

Joanna Lamb
  • Pool 3
  • 2022
  • Painting