Jack Chambers was born in London, Ontario, on March 25, 1931.
Best known for realistic paintings that celebrate London Ontario, the city where he lived most his life. He was a leader of the London Ontario, art scene during the 1960s and 70s. He studied and worked in Europe, including at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid, following early training at London’s H.B. Beal Secondary School.
Moving though a Surrealist phase, Chambers eventually adopted his signature “perceptual realism” style that he once explained in an influential essay published in ArtsCanada in 1969. Photographs were important sources for Chambers’s paintings. After selecting one of his own snapshots, Chambers would meticulously work to recreate the experience of the original scene.
Chambers died on April 13, 1978 in London, Ontario.