Alfred Lambourne’s unabashed adoration of Great Salt Lake is refreshing. I relished slipping away in time, thoroughly immersed in paint, color, motion, and emotion. Lambourne consistently layered paint, atmospheric effects, and influences in his lake paintings, taking us back in time through works that embody a specific time yet show influences and allusions to a new world just around the corner. Great Salt Lake has been a subject of deep fascination for hundreds of years, and will continue to be so in upcoming exhibitions at Utah Museum of Fine Arts this winter and spring with contemporary art regarding Great Salt Lake. Until then, enjoy this fine view of our inland sea from the nineteenth century.

Read Hikmet Sidney Loe’s review of the UMFA’s The Savage Poem Around Me: Alfred Lambourne’s Great Salt Lake in the January 2013 edition of 15 Bytes.

Hikmet Sidney Loe

has taught art history at Westminster College since 2006, and has also taught at the University of Utah and Weber State University. Her extensive exploration of Spiral Jetty will published next year by the University of Utah Press in a book titled The Spiral Jetty and Rozel Point: Rotating Through Time and Place.