1945 -2007, Edward Lambert's Legacy
Edward passed on July 14th (Bastille Day) 2007 and it seems a great bright light has gone out on this planet. He
is sadly missed by his wife and family. I hope you enjoy his art as much as we do. Carol Grace Lambert
Edward David Lambert – Surrealist
Ed Lambert could paint any subject; from African plains and Roman gardens, to shuttle blast offs on most surfaces. One of the rare times he showed his work was when he was asked to paint a mural depicting OLD DAYTONA in the early 1880’s, looking west across the Halifax River. The painting was done on the oldest existing building in Daytona (1871, which became part of the Live Oak Inn.
Another large mural was done on the wall of what was once BILLY’S FORT DESOTO JOE’S, a restaurant on Tierra Verde Island, Florida. Ed had a show at the IBM Country Club in the seventies, and at the Barrett House ; both in Poughkeepsie, New York. He did not like showing his work and was never interested in selling it. Several of his friends were blessed with his artistic gifts during his lifetime, and still today, many people would like to have one of his paintings to hang on their wall.
Edward Lambert was born in Glossop, England in 1945. He passed away, leaving a large collection of work thousands have never seen. His life-long partner feels it is now time. (read more about Ed Lambert)...
Edward David Lambert was a one-of-a-kind human. An independent thinker, he lived his life fast and furious and had no fear; most commonly a powerful primal emotion. Whether he was sailing, hang gliding, skiing, riding his motorcycle, or scuba diving, he never let fear dictate or prevent him from doing the things he loved. Ed loved fast cars and became a NASCAR fan from an early age. He wanted to be a race car driver when he was young, and his wife wanted to be a singer, but they gave up their dreams to be with one another, because he didn’t want his wife singing in clubs, and she didn’t want him on the track in a fast car.
He began painting, drawing and sculpting as a young child and gravitated toward oil painting as his passion. Ed was not interested in showing or selling his work, and could care less if anyone liked it. He gave his work away to family, friends, and even a moving man, who gushed over one of his fire paintings. It is impossible to say where some of his paintings are, because he didn’t talk about the disappearing artwork. He was known to reuse canvas, sometimes after working on a painting for years. STORM KING, for example, was once a sunny day on the Hudson. When asked why he painted over it, he said a storm came up. When his friend asked him what he should do with the collection he stored for Ed if he didn’t come back from his sailing sojourn, Ed told him to burn it.
Ed Lambert had a brain aneurysm one year before setting sail and nearly died. He was afraid he would never paint again. Once he recovered somewhat, he painted himself having an aneurysm. He also painted his heart surgery a few years later, when he recovered from a seven-way heart bypass operation while living aboard the GEORGIA O’KEEFFE, named in honor of the artist.
Painting on the boat was frustrating for Ed, because he had to work with small canvas. When asked by the Old Daytona Civic Association to blow out a mural in three days for their ‘Springtime-in-the-Park’ garden party, Ed jumped at the opportunity to get off the boat and do something large. The only materials supplied to him were cans of house paint and plywood…and the clock was ticking. He painted the mural in three sections, which were mounted in Daytona Beach’s Riverfront Park. The mural depicts downtown Daytona in the 1890’s, looking west across the Halifax River. The mural was painted on the porch of the oldest existing building in Daytona (1871, which became part of the Live Oak Inn. It was then transported to Beach Street and mounted at Riverfront Park.
Another large mural was done on the wall of what was once BILLY’S FORT DESOTO JOE’S, a restaurant on Tierra Verde Island, Florida. The restaurant hospitality business was not well- suited for Ed, who was merely trying to make a few extra bucks to stay afloat, and was fired for defending a waitress who was being harassed by a VIP patron. He didn’t care one bit when his wife asked his boss to take the fish décor off the wall and let him paint a mural for the restaurant. Ed spent the summer, painting happily from closing to opening. Pictures of the murals can be seen at PelicoonKeyPress.com.
Edward Lambert retired from IBM shortly after his aneurysm and was very happy to stay aboard the GEORGIA O’KEEFFE and paint. After his heart surgery he sold the boat, and long before he returned to New Paltz, New York, he packed his paints last and unpacked them first in the new place. He would often paint for two or three days without sleep, standing under two 500 watt halogen lights, inhaling oil fumes, with a wooden homemade crutch under his arm to keep him upright; the post heart surgery leaving him with unwanted pain. It didn’t stop him. He would crash for a few hours, get up and drink lots of caffeine, and go right back to the easel. He didn’t like to sleep because it was a waste of time, and would pull his own teeth if it meant a tossup between leaving the canvas to visit a dentist, or take care of his own business. When he found out he had three more aneurysms in his abdomen, he never bothered to see a doctor again. The clock was ticking and he had work to do!
Edward Lambert passed away on Bastille Day (July 14th, 2007). He was born in Glossop, England, and died in New Paltz. His collection can be seen at PelicoonKeyPress.com or carol-lambert.fineartameric.com.