Jack Chambers, Self-Portrait No. 2, 1953

Jack Chambers Self-Portrait No. 2 1953 oil on canvas 50.8 cm x 40.9 cm Purchase with the assistance of the Judith Rachel Harris Foundation and Ethel Harris, 2007 © 2011 Estate of Jack Chambers; Estate represented by Loch Gallery

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

February 13 - April 13, 2012


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.


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


Jack Chambers: Light, Spirit, Time, Place And Life catalogue cover

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

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