September 13, 2009

Born in 1981 in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Windy Lampson earned a B.F.A. in Studio Art and a B.F.A. in Art Education from East Carolina University in 2003. In 2005, Lampson was graduated from East Carolina with an M.F.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in painting. After graduating, Lampson, working as an elementary school art teacher and painting in her spare time, moved to Florida and Virginia before settling again in North Carolina with her husband.

Lampson has since started to focus on her painting, oils being her favored medium. Although Lampson’s works include abstracts, her incredible talent is exhibited in her photorealistic paintings, which include still lifes, portraits of people and animals, and land-, city-, and seascapes.

As an art technique, Photorealism involves the transference of a photographic image onto a canvas. Early Photorealists often used a projector to display a photographic slide on the canvas, after which the artist would paint directly over the projected image, resulting in incredibly detailed, but larger reproductions of the photographs. In recent years, the development of digital photography has led to even more precise Photorealist pieces and has given birth to the Hyperrealism movement.

Because Photorealism grew out of the Pop Art movement of the 1950s and 1960s, the subject matter of Photorealist pieces often includes popular, or banal, articles from contemporary society, such as diner items, window displays, and automobiles.

In both her technique and her subject matter, Lampson proves to be a true photorealist. Painting directly from photographs, she captures shadows, expressions, reflections, even wrinkles in skin and clothing, as accurately as any picture of the same scene could. Indeed, Lampson’s work is so true to reality that it can lead one to wonder if he or she is seeing the subject matter through a lens. Only Lampson’s vibrant colors give her away. Whereas the true colors in a scene can be distorted by a camera’s flash, Lampson restores them, even making them brighter, richer than they are in reality, occasionally tipping Lampson into the Hyperrealist category. Only by seeing these works in person can one start to believe that what he is seeing is a painting.

Lampson has displayed her work in over a dozen shows, including a number of solo exhibitions, and has won numerous honorable mentions and “best in show” awards for her paintings.

Please visit Windy Lampson's website to see more images of her work.