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Visionary Canadian Jack Chambers Celebrated at the Art Gallery of Ontario
Jack Chambers, Self-Portrait No. 2, 1953. Oil on canvas, 50.8 x 40.9 cm. AGO, purchased with the assistance of the Judith Rachel Harris Foundation and Ethel Harris, 2007. 2011 Estate of Jack Chambers.

TORONTO.- The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) opens an exhibition of Canadian artist Jack Chambers’ work on Nov. 26, 2011. Entitled Jack Chambers: Light, Spirit, Time, Place and Life, the collection surveys the varying styles and media used by the artist to create an incredible range of work. Curated by renowned Canadian art scholar Dennis Reid with art critic Sarah Milroy, the exhibition is based largely on holdings from the AGO’s permanent collection and remains on view until May 13, 2012.

Situated in the Signy Eaton gallery, the exhibition is presented within four central themes, each anchored by a representative keystone piece in rooms themed “Light,” “Spirit,” “Time,” and “Place”. More than 100 works in various media make up the exhibition, including 40 paintings, 58 drawings, five films, four prints, as well as archival photos, process materials, notebooks and letters from the AGO’s Special Collection. Featured paintings include Meadow, 401 Towards London, McGilvary County, and Lunch. A room in the centre of the space will display a selection of Chambers’ influential films including Mosaic, R34, Hybrid, Hart of London and Circle.

Born in London, Ont. in 1931, Chambers relocated to Europe in 1953 to further his artistic studies. Travelling to Spain at the suggestion of Pablo Picasso, he met his future wife and developed a strong connection to that country’s version of Catholicism which would later influence his paintings, representing a sense of the divine in the domestic and the familiar. Known internationally as an experimental filmmaker, Chambers’ varied painting style represents the wide-reaching scope of his vision. Jack Chambers: Light, Spirit, Time, Place and Life organizes Chambers’ works with interconnected themes that were present throughout his career, and permeated his images.

“Jack Chambers is one of Canada’s most recognizable and renowned painters, and has been highly influential internationally both in this regard and as a filmmaker. His role in Canadian art cannot be underestimated,” said Matthew Teitelbaum, the Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO of the AGO. “It is an honour for the AGO to offer this unique presentation of Chambers’ life’s work, and the opportunity for our visitors to engage with his it.”

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