Jack Chambers exhibit at the McMichael

October 29, 2011 by  

The travelling art exhibit Jack Chambers: the Light from Darkness, Silver Paintings and Film Work is now showing at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Vaughan until January 15, 2012. The exhibit about the Canadian artist features 10 of his paintings and four of his films, all created between 1966 and 1967.

The exhibit, which has been named Exhibition of the Year by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, comes from Museum London. A hardcover catalog printing to go along with the exhibit is available in the McMichael gift store; this catalog features colour reproductions of many of Jack Chambers’ paintings and essays by the exhibit’s curators Mark Cheetham and Thor Holubizky.

Jack Chambers was born in London, Ontario in 1931. He was a student at the University of Western Ontario and later studied art in Mexico and Spain. Chambers died of leukemia at the age of 47. His art has received worldwide recognition and is exhibited in such Canadian art galleries as the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

The exhibit features Jack Chambers’ “silver paintings” which were an:

“exploration of the effects of light upon a surface through a reduction of colour and the use of reflective aluminum pigment that produced images with a film-like quality.”

His idea was to make art seem less static and to show the relationship between painting and film.

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is known mainly for its collection of Group of Seven artists, however, as this exhibit shows, they feature and highlight other renowned Canadian artists.