Leigh was born and raised in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where he resided for the first twenty years of his life.
Lambert began to draw as soon as he could hold a pencil, with his family quickly recognising his artistic flair. As he progressed through school his exceptionally detailed creations captured the attention of his teachers, who admired his canny knack for capturing a view. However, the artist describes himself as mostly self-taught, having received no formal art qualifications or training.
Children peep around the corner of a brick wall or run excitedly towards an illuminated sweet shop – optimistic splashes of colour against dark, smoky backdrops of terraced houses, narrow alleyways, and menacing cranes. It was only after the 33-year-old left his home city that he realized it’s important to him, felt a deep pride for the place where he, his parents, and their parents before them had grown up.“When I was living there I just saw it as this grey, concrete jungle,” says Lambert, It came when he was looking at old photographs of Newcastle, from around the time his father was a boy and found himself thinking about the stories both his grandfathers had told him about life on Tyneside. His oil paintings are inspired by the streets where they lived – the Gateshead terrace owned by his Mum's dad William “Mickey” Curran and the East Newcastle house of his father’s dad Harry Lambert, built for the workers of the local armaments factory..