The artwork of Helena Lam is inspired by the Art Deco era. This is a design style that blossomed in Paris in the 1920's and flourished internationally throughout the 1930's, into the World War II era. The style influenced all areas of design, including architecture, interior design, industrial design, fashion, jewellery as well as the visual arts such as painting, graphic arts and film. At it's zenith, Art Deco embodied elegance, glamour, functionality and modernity.
The bold, linear symmetry of Art Deco painting is a district departure from the soft pastels and flowing asymmetrical organic forms of it's predecessor Art Nouveau; it embraced influences from many different styles and movements of the early 20th century, including Neoclassical, Constructivism, Cubism, Modernism and Futurism and drew inspiration from Egyptian and Aztec forms. Although many design movements have political or philosophical roots or intentions, Art Deco was purely decorative.
Helena Lam currently lives in Canada with her husband AU Ching who is also a professional artist. Helena has a keen interest in painting and as such devotes most of her leisure time to her passion and love of this art form; she believes that her work is a variety of fusion artwork combining eastern and western images and lifestyle.