Lam started learning Chinese painting at the age of four. In 1980, Lam invented a novel painting process called the “Chromoskedasic Process”, a color generating process that uses only black and white photographic paper and solutions. In 1982, Lam collaborated with Zhang Daqian, Zhao Shao’ang and Guan Shanyue on a painting entitled “Orchid, Bamboo, Plum, Ganoderme and Rock” to symbolize the unity of Chinese people worldwide. During the 1990s, based on his scientific knowledge of the eye and brain, Lam invented “Calligraphy of the Mind”.
Lam was selected as one of China’s 99 most accomplished and influential artists in the 20th century by the Chinese Academy of Art, The Artist Association of China and the National Palace Museum in 1999. Lam created two watershed paintings in 2002: “This Land is Our Land” (2.5 m x 9.5 m) and “A Galaxy on Earth” (8 m x 8.8 m) for the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing.
Around the mid-2000s, Lam created a series of paintings to commemorate the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In particular, the painting “Olympic Spirit: Ode to Happiness” was a symbol of the 2008 Olympic Games, and “Millennium OdysseyⅡ: From the Great Wall to River Thames – Embrace the World” was awarded a Gold Medal by the International Olympic Fine Art Committee and exhibited at the Barbican Centre during the 2012 London Olympic Games.
In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of man’s first landing on the Moon in 2009, Lam created a 15-metre Chromoskedasic Photopainting: “Voyage of Discovery: Universe” for his solo exhibition at Louis Vuitton Maison in Hong Kong. This painting was acquired by a Foundation for US$1 million and the proceeds were donated to charity. In 2012, Lam was invited to give the closing one-man show at the Shanghai Museum of Art.
Lam was selected by Professor Laurence Tam, the Founding Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, as one of the 8 representative artists in the history of Hong Kong in 2013. That same year, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of diplomatic recognition between China and France, Lam was invited by the French National Artist Association to participate in the International Masters Exhibition at Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. Four years later, in 2017, Lam was invited back to Paris to exhibit his sculptures at the Grand Palais in Paris.
For more than a decade, Lam has worked with Chow Tai Fook, one of the world’s largest jewelers, to create a line of gold-based jewelry and art: “Dominique for CTF”. Works such as Iridescent Gold are designed from Lam’s calligraphy and paintings. For art and designs, Lam received the “Outstanding Achievement Award (2013)” and “Outstanding Product Designer Award (2014)” by the Hong Kong Art and Design Festival. In 2017, in collaboration with CTF, Lam was invited to exhibit this gold and platinum “Doves of Peace” at the Louvre where he was awarded the Prix d’honneur for Sculpture by “Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts” (National Society for the Arts, founded 1861).