Standing upon Tradition
To understand Lamidis artistic
innovations, compare the figures from the 1960s with those from
The postures of his early figures are
very symmetrical and frontally positioned, giving them a serene
composure. The Palm Wine
Seller, on the other hand, exhibits a tender, expressive
pose, with one arm pulled across her body and the other cradling
a nursing child. The Diviner
gazes to the side and leans forward, lending the figure a quality
of expectancy and liveliness.
Lamidi credits his interest in
experimenting with movement in his newer works with his reflections
on Western sculpture. During Lamidis long and productive career
he regularly met artists and visited museums in Europe and America.