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Jack Chambers: Light, Spirit, Time, Place and Life

Until May 13, 2012

Jack Chambers, Self-Portrait No. 2, 1953
Jack Chambers. Slaughter of the Lamb, 1961
Jack Chambers. McGilvary County, 1962
Jack Chambers, Tulips with Colour Options, 1966
Jack Chambers. Lunch [Unfinished], 1969
Jack Chambers, Nude No. 1, 1971-1972
Jack Chambers. Meadow, 1972-1976
Jack Chambers. Lilacs #1, 1976
Jack Chambers, Untitled [view through trees - numbered 6], 1977

There were many sides to artist Jack Chambers. He was a passionate defender of artists’ rights, an experimental filmmaker with an international reputation, and a painter who continually reinvented his language of expression. Chambers initially created dreamlike surrealist paintings during an eight-year stay in Spain. Back home in London, Ontario, he developed a strikingly realistic style he called Perceptual Realism. He would focus his camera on his family, his home or on favourite places around the city, and then painstakingly recreate the photographs in paint.

Four recurring themes in Chambers’s work – light, place, spirit and time – are reflected in the layout of this exhibition. Collectively they open our eyes to new ways of seeing both his world and ours.


The films shown in this exhibition contain graphic and explicit content.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario

Exhibition generously supported by

Al & Malka Green
Budd Sugarman Foundation

Catalogue generously supported by
The Judith Rachel Harris Foundation
Ethel Harris

Visionary Canadian Jack Chambers Celebrated at the AGO

Solo exhibition of the artist’s life’s works to open November 26

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