Renowned in the 1970s as Canada’s highest-earning artist and one of its most significant experimental filmmakers, Chambers (1931–1978) transformed scenes of ordinary life in London, Ontario, into extraordinary high realism paintings, based closely on his personal life. Read or download the online art book here: http://www.aci-iac.ca/jack-chambers
Ross and Marion Woodman were lifelong friends and mentors of Chambers. Jack Chambers, “Portrait of Marion and Ross Woodman,” Collection of Marion and Ross Woodman.
In “Olga and Mary Visiting,” (1964–65, Museum London) Chambers uses a radically fragmented visual presentation to convey the dynamism of a casual domestic conversation between his wife, Olga, on the left, and her friend Mary.
Chambers went to art school in Spain, becoming close with fellow student Antonio López Garcia, going on to form a group called the New Spanish Realists. Antonio López García, “My Parents,” 1956, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée national d’art modern.
Painted the year after Chambers returned to Canada from Spain, “McGilvary County,” Art Gallery of Ontario) records a vision of dead relatives’ faces floating above a fantasy landscape and an overladen table set for a holiday celebration.