artist saul lambert bio

About The Artist (March 12, 1928 – June 30, 2009)

Mr. Lambert’s primary work has been his paintings and works on paper — grounded in the abstract tradition and, to a large extent, based on religious iconography – hence with extensive use of gold and silver. Rather than being intellectual or descriptive, it is on a personal and meditative plane, influenced greatly by the mysticism of the Kabbalah.

For over two decades, Mr. Lambert worked in an exceptionally wide variety of media. His works have ranged from abstract acrylic paintings using gold and silver leaf, to silk screen, pastels, home shrine boxes, and color xerox transfer prints. His works have been shown in Israel and across the United States, including the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D. C. His paintings are in many corporate and individual collections. At Brooklyn College, he studied with Ad Reinhardt, Burgoyne Diller, and Robert J. Wolff. He taught at Trenton State College and Parsons School of Design.

Mr. Lambert has been a painter all of his life and also spent 20 years (1960 to 1980) as one of the most celebrated U.S. illustrators. His illustrations have appeared in publications including The New York Times, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, LIFE, The Washington Post, and Esquire; and on dozens of New American Library and Signet Book Classic covers. He received more than 40 awards for his book covers and illustrations, and is listed in Vols. 1 and 2 of Outstanding American Illustrators Today (1984-5), Graphic-Sha Publishing Co., Japan.

Mr. Lambert lived and worked in New York City and in Rhinebeck, New York.

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