I hope all of you are safe and healthy. If you’re in a similar situation as me, you’ve been spending a lot more time inside. All of this time inside has increased my appreciation for the artwork my wife and I have collected over the years. Each one of these objects has eased the anxiety of social distancing, and given my brain other places to visit and wander while we wait for the curve to flatten. I feel fortunate to have built a collection with a wife that loves art more than I do, a daughter that loves to make art, and friends involved in all sorts of creative avenues.
While sequestered, I’ve been able to finish one large painting and prepare substrates for several more. Here is the most recently completed work:
“(stares unnecessarily at the sky) yes, yes”, acrylic on wood panel, 45×35
If you’re looking to add more art to your shelter, I suggest visiting Graphite Galleries, Ann Connelly Fine Art, The Agora Borealis, and RO2 Art. Add them to your Instagram feed. Each gallery is posting updates from their artists’ studios, tours of their galleries, and many other lovely things to look at. Several new pieces of mine arrived at Graphite and Ann Connelly just before social distancing and sheltering began, and I’m sure they would be happy to show you what they have on hand. Ann Connelly even put together this really great digital catalog of my work:
I’m pleased to inform you that two interviews about my work come out in October!
Lauren Heffker has written a wonderful article about my work for Country Roads Magazine. Lauren was a pleasure to talk to, and the article is very well written and quite complimentary. You can read the article at the link above if you aren’t in their area of distribution. They even chose one of my paintings for the cover!
I also get to be on t.v.! I will be included in a segment of LPB Art Rocks! hosted by Country Roads publisher James Fox-Smith. Dorothy Kendrick and Rex Fortenberry were great to work with for the filming. The episode will air Friday, October 4th at 8:30pm, and Saturday, October 5th at 5:30 across the LPB network.
I just finished delivering several new paintings to Graphite Galleries in New Orleans, and RO2 Art in Dallas! Both galleries have special events on August 10th, so if you’re around either city you should drop in and check them out. Below is a small selection of the works delivered to each gallery and information about the events:
It’s always a good time to visit the Masur Museum if you can, and until August 17 you’ll have the opportunity to see their exhibition Our Story: Over 50 Years of Collecting. It’s an exhibition of highlights from their permanent collection, including my piece “a man who invents himself needs someone to believe in him.”
The Holidays are upon us, and we are all in the gift-giving mood. I’ve had several people contact me regarding artwork that they have seen on Instagram, Facebook, my website, or at exhibitions throughout the year. Whether you are looking to buy something for someone special, or something special for yourself, you can contact me or any one of the galleries below, and we can help you find what you’re looking for:
you really tried, acrylic on wood panel, 23×23, $700
Come out to artspace tomorrow night 5 pm – 8 pm for three events in one place!
let’s use our words – The Art of Joshua Chambers
“let’s use our words” exhibition by Critical MASS 6 Visual Best of Show Artist Joshua Chambers in MainSpace @artspace. This exhibition from the top visual artist chosen from hundreds across ten Northwest Louisiana parishes will include large-scale paintings on panels and a collection of 7.5” x 9” pieces each illuminating a different letter of our popular and familiar ABCs.
Don’t Look Away – The Poetry of Katie Bickham
“Don’t Look Away” exhibition by Critical MASS 6 Literary Best of Show Artist Katie Bickham on the Mezzanine at artspace. This exhibition will feature five never-before-seen poems by Bickham displayed alongside illustrated representations commissioned by Bickham from Northwest Louisiana Artists Jazmin Jernigan, Kelly McDade, Lilly Thompson, Susan Abney and Paige Powell.
Collector’s Eye Exhibition
This exhibition offers a unique glimpse into the collectible art of several who collect from locals across Northwest Louisiana. A few of the artists to be featured include Christine Bailey, Mark Burt, Marilyn Couch, Bertha Harris, Ron Smith, and Mike Torma. The work being shown exemplifies the high caliber of Art being produced across this 10-Parish region and available to anyone interested in becoming a collector.
I have a new solo exhibition opening Thursday, August 30th. “let’s use our words” will include several new paintings on wood panel and a collection of 7.5” x 9” pieces each illuminating a different letter of the alphabet.
“hold me” acrylic on wood panel, 23×23
When: Thursday, August 30 from 5 PM – 8 PM
Where: Artspace 708 Texas St, Shreveport, LA 71101
Exhibition Dates: August 30 through October 13
More information about the event can be found here.
I have two exhibitions this summer that’ll be full of all new work. Up first is Further: Joshua Chambers, Thom Johnson, and Paige Powell at the Meadows Museum of Art. The opening reception is part of the Midsummer Museum Crawl on June 22. Click on the image below for more information.
The second show will open at the end of August at Artspace. I’ll have more information as the date approaches, so stay tuned.