Yambe Tam is a transdisciplinary artist based in London. She grew up in the American Midwest and earned her BFA in Painting and Art History from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012, and her MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art in 2018.
Tam has exhibited across the USA, UK, and Europe. She has been an artist in residence with Sail Britain (Scotland), the Institut für Alles Mögliche (Berlin), Can Serrat (Barcelona), and the New York Studio Programme. In January 2019, she will be a resident artist at the Muse Gallery, London to focus on an upcoming project combining sculpture, installation, music, and dance.
Her creative practice looks at the evolution of consciousness through the lenses of cognitive science, theoretical physics, Zen Buddhism, and Jungian psychology. This takes form in paintings and sculptures that piece together the sense of struggle, growth, and surrender to the unknown through imagery of the cosmos, plants, gates, gardens, labyrinths, nets, holes (black holes, wormholes, keyholes), the void, and the human body. Her process involves a combination of digital and traditional techniques that combine ancient and contemporary aesthetics. This is part of a larger visual vocabulary that traverses the sacred and profane by merging religion and science, spiritual and physical experience.
- 2018: MA Painting Royal College of Art, London, UK. Dissertation "One Culture", with Distinction.
- 2012: BFA Painting / Art History, Theory & Criticism Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland. Summa cum laude.
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
- 2019: Barbican Arts Trust, London, UK (solo, upcoming September)
- 2019: Developing Your Creative Practice Grant, Arts Council England 2019: The Dark Hour Collective/Safehouse 2, London, UK, The Invisible
- 2019: Lumen/The Pie Factory, Margate, UK, The Cosmic Sublime
- 2019: Raum Z13, Essen, Germany, Eternal Return (solo)
- 2018: Barbican Arts Trust, London, UK, ArtWorks Open 2018
- 2018: Zero Corners/Gallery 46, London, UK, The Salamander Devours Its Tail Twice
- 2018: Subject Matter/The Hospital Club, London, UK, We See You, We Hear You
- 2018: Sail Britain/St. Katherine’s Dock, London, UK, Sailing on a Plastic Ocean
- 2018: Royal College of Art, London, UK, Show 2018
- 2018: Lumen/Ugly Duck, London, UK, Cosmic Perspectives
- 2018: Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK, Thumbnails
- 2018: First Place, Barbican Arts Group Trust Artworks Open, London, UK
- 2017: Royal College of Art, London, UK, WIP
- Shropshire, Simek. “Yambe Tam.” Floorr Magazine, Issue 20. 13 June 2019.
- Ahearn, Mary. “Gender is not a Genre: ‘We See You, We Hear You’ Exhibition Review.” Medium. 12 October 2018.
- "Biophilia III: Elements", Furnishing Knowledge, Vol. 2, Autumn/Winter 2017/18. pp. 32-27.
- “Art at the Indianapolis International Airport”. Arts Council of Indianapolis. September 2015.
- Crest, Russ. "Yambe Tam's Graphic Paintings Addressing Asian-American Identity Politics." Beautiful/Decay Magazine. June 17, 2014.
- Jenkins, Mark. "Iconic Gordon Parks photos show shades of gray in American race relations." The Washington Post. May 2, 2013.
- Tam, Yambe, “Motionless Cloud over Urumqi”. 2013. The Washington Post. April 12, 2013. Section EZ, p. 18. Print.
- McCauley, Mary Carole. "Making an Impression." The Baltimore Sun, 20 Oct, 2011. Arts & Entertainment cover.
- Smith, Tim. "Looking Inward." The Baltimore Sun, 16 June, 2011. Cover.
- Tam, Yambe, “The Lady Who Was A Beggar”, 2010. City Paper. Baltimore: City Paper, March 16, 2011. Cover. Print.
- Winner of "Developing Your Creative Practice" Grant, Arts Council England
- Featured in relevant press
- Internationally exhibited
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Inspiration & Vision
- Theoretical physics, science fiction, philosophy, history, religion, and ritual
Sales & Trajectory
- Already sold her works
- Funded by the Arts Council England
Technique & Material
- Lost wax bronze casting, gilding, oil painting, CNC machining, textile weaving