Born in Dublin in 1952, Gene Lambert studied at the National College of Art and Design.
Solo exhibitions include Work from a Dark Room, Douglas Hyde Gallery (1985); Houset Gallery, Copenhagen (1987); Bradford, England (1987); Third Eye Gallery, Glasgow (1988); and In The Land of Punt, David Hendriks Gallery, Dublin (1991), a collaboration with the poet Paul Durcan. Work from a Ward, a late-1980s show at the Lincoln Gallery in Dublin, addressed his own experience in recovering from a car accident, with distorted figures, dramatic brushstrokes and marks on the surface of the paintings.
As a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy, he exhibits regularly in RHA group shows, and a solo exhibition, Playtime appeared in its Gallagher Gallery in the late 1990s. He has exhibited regularly in the Irish Exhibition of Living Art, and won its Carroll’s Award in 1981.
In 1979, he won first prize in the Claremorris National Art Exhibition and, in 1982, he represented Ireland at the 14th International Festival of Painting in Cagnes-sur-Mer in France. Other awards include the Independent Artists Large-scale Painting Award (1980) and the Sunday Tribune Visual Artist of the Year (1985).
In 1991 he co-edited The Great Book of Ireland with the poet Theo Dorgan. He is a member of the Irish government’s National Disability Authority, which was set up in 1999. His work is in the permanent collection of Irish Museum of Modern Art.