Michael Lam moved from the East to New York City over 20 years ago, where he began to develop his own style around calligraphy and Single Stroke Painting. Drawing on a strong background in calligraphy (which Lam first learned at the age of 7), he began to create pieces that were abstract expressionistic in nature yet highlighted by strong figurative elements.
In the art world, Lam is considered a master of Single Stroke Painting, a technique in which an entire painting is created in a single brush stroke. To be successfully executed, this type of painting requires mastery of paper, ink, brush, and the pressure with which the ink is applied, much like musical instruments must be calibrated and synchronized to create an orchestral work. Even when Lam is not painting using this technique, its influence is noteworthy in his work, as compositional harmony and rhythm are centerpieces of his unique artistic style.
No matter the modality used, at the heart of Lam's paintings is a deep dedication to the emotional elements of his subject. His strong use of line works to guide the viewer's eye and to reveal the multiple messages contained within the simplest of images. In Lam's work, again and again line, form, color, and brushstroke all converge to imbue each image with a deep sense of meaning and emotional connection.
Lam has received awards and recognition for his work all over the world. He used his work to support the Aeiou Foundation for children. His watercolor paintings are represented by Agora Gallery, New York City.
New York Public Library
Tenement Museum, New York
Pan-Pacific and South East Asia Women's Association of the US
Tenri Cultural Institute of New York
Blick Art Materials
Roma Imperiale International Prize '15, Rome 2015
Sandro Botticelli Prize, Florence 2015
Blick Art Show NYC First Prize NYC 2014
Modern Art Masters in Complex Musee du Louvre, Paris 2015
Video display at All Arttour International Magazine Events 2015
Modern Art Wonder, MAMAG Modern Art Museum, Austria 2015
The Magic World of ART, PAKS Gallery, Austria 2015
Artexpo New York, NYC 2015
The International Masters Exhibition, Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art, Las Vages 2015
East Meets West, Agora Gallery NYC 2015
Abstract Art Exhibition, Ward-Nasse Gallery, NYC 2015
The Substance of Abstraction, Agora Gallery, NYC 2015
Blick Art Show, NYC 2014
Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular, Australia 2014
Artifact, NYC 2016
Kiteya in Soho, New York 2014
Charity Event for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, Globus Washitsu Tatami Gallery, NYC 2015