POWER speaks of Henri Lamy’s inspiration from and of every Filipino he sees and interacts locally in the country. Though a natural-born French, his heart kindles for Filipinos whose somberness in life’s challenges are substantiated in the authentic daily struggle for a fervent better life. He calls this dignity in life’s hardship. He calls this POWER and he shares the same encouragement to help through his art the need to give a voice for those who still have not decided themselves in a dictatorship. Esoteric as it may sound but a very laudable cause for an artist who has been prolific in advancing such advocacy of emancipation, of enablement and of emPOWERment.
Congruent and compatible with Qube Gallery’s vision since its inception, Henri Lamy and his wife Maïa d’Aboville have also established in Lyon, France in 2015, the Taverne Gutenberg. It aims to make art accessible to everyone. It promotes a significant support to emerging artists, both local and international, by organizing mentorship projects and partnerships around the world, offering art spaces, and creating monthly exhibits. It also aims to enhance the social and cultural mediation of the neighborhood through workshops. To date, the art space has welcomed more than 400 artists participating in group exhibitions, concerts and workshops. Interestingly, over 16,000 members have been tallied of the said venue.
The fifteen pieces of art pieces in his current exhibition at Qube Gallery are works dedicated to Post Impressionism and Rococo, with Gauguin and French artist Fragonard as influences consecutively. Henri Lamy patently and indisputably uses Brazilian martial art (capoeira) in his performances, getting him closer to the genre of action painting. All these are evidenced in the vibrant and engaging works exhibited in Power.