new work and the new south

Since the last update, I’ve added three new paintings to my website.

I also have two pieces included in The New South II April 21 – June 2, 2017. The New South II explores the contemporary South through the perspectives of 39 artists living and working throughout the Southeast. From over 850 submitted artworks, 52 pieces were selected for the exhibition.

Overseeing the selection process this year are Executive Director of Atlanta Contemporary, Veronica Kessenich and Director of the Welch School of Art & Design of Georgia State University, Michael White. Veronica Kessenich, an Atlanta native, has been working in the arts for over thirteen years and was hired as Executive Director of Atlanta Contemporary in July 2015 after serving for two years as the organization’s Development Director. As Director of the Welch School of Art & Design of Georgia State University, Michael White has overseen the growth of the program to nearly 1,000 majors across ten disciplines and five different undergraduate and graduate degrees. With over 50,000 students, Georgia State is the largest university in the state.

The New South II Artists:

NICK ADAMS, LEE ARNETT, JAMAAL BARBER, BUZZ BUSBEE, DIMELZA BROCHE, JOE CAMOOSA, KARA CARTER, JOSHUA CHAMBERS, KATELYN CHAPMAN, VALENTINA CUSTER O’ROARK, ANDREW DECAEN, ELYSE DEFOOR, DIANE DAVIS, JOE DREHER, WILL ESKRIDGE, DAVID GABBARD, CANAAN GRIFFIN, ROXANE HOLLOSI, GREG HOWSER, ALEA HURST, JAIME JOHNSON, AXELLE KIEFFER, IVY KILPATRICK, DIEGO LASANSKY, JESSICA LOCKLAR, MIA MERLIN, ANDREW MUÑOZ, LYNX NGUYEN, RAOUL PACHECO, STEPHEN PAYNE, STEPHEN PHILMS, KEITH ROSEMOND, ANNA SCARBROUGH, AMBER SINGLETON, SPENCER SLOAN, FREDA SUE, CHARLIE WATTS, ALEX WILLIAMS, NIKI ZARRABI

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KAI LIN ART is a contemporary art gallery founded in 2008 by Yu-Kai Lin and based in Atlanta’s booming West Midtown Arts District. The mission of the gallery is to cultivate creativity, connection, and conversation through art. Dedicated to promoting emerging and established artists in the Southeast and beyond, the gallery maintains an accelerated program with new exhibitions every six to eight weeks. Kai Lin Art is free and open to the public Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment. Located at 999 Brady Avenue NW Suite 7 Atlanta Georgia 30318.

new work, new show

he could not deny that he was full of something that had not been

he could not deny that he was full of something that had not been, acrylic on paper on wood panel, 38×38

The piece above will be on exhibit at Kai Lin Art in Atlanta, Georgia until May 14th. It’s part of The New South : Juried Works on Paper Art Exhibition. With 200+ artists submitting over 1,000 artworks, The New South features 69 national artists (and one from Sweden) each exploring the contemporary Southern experience through the versatile and dynamic medium of paper. Kai Lin Gallery was selected by internationally renowned Wallpaper*Magazine as one of Atlanta’s Top 50 Cultural Destinations, chosen as a top 5 gallery in Atlanta by Haute Living, voted Best Gallery in Atlanta by JEZEBEL Magazine, Best Gallery by Georgia Voice 2011 and 2013, and Best Gallery by Fenuxe MagazineKai Lin Art is the only local contemporary art gallery located in the vibrant Westside District of Midtown Atlanta.

Last week I sent several new pieces to Graphite Galleries in New Orleans, Louisiana. There’s a great review of the gallery and interview with Taylor Lyon (gallery owner) in April’s issue of St. Charles Avenue. If you’re headed to Jazz Fest, be sure to stop by the gallery.

one box south, one box east

all the while working himself tighter into life's snare, acrylic on wood panel, 39x39

all the while working himself tighter into life’s snare, acrylic on wood panel, 39×39

If you would like to see it in person, all the while working himself tighter into life’s snare will be in the First Regional LaGrange Southeast Regional Exhibition at the LaGrange Art Museum in LaGrange, Georgia. The exhibition will open with an award ceremony and public reception at the LaGrange Art Museum on February 19, 2016 from 7-9pm. The exhibition will be on view through April 2, 2016.

It’s Mardi Gras season and several new pieces will arrive at Graphite Galleries next week. For those of you visiting New Orleans, stop by the gallery at 936 Royal St. and take a look.

it means saying i'm sorry, gouache on paper mounted on wood panel, 14x10

it means saying i’m sorry, gouache on paper mounted on wood panel, 14×10

i finally learned to love myself, gouache on paper mounted on wood panel, 14x10

i finally learned to love myself, gouache on paper mounted on wood panel, 14×10

muffled things i do not need, gouache on paper mounted on wood panel, 14x21

muffled things i do not need, gouache on paper mounted on wood panel, 14×21

fragile and much less in control, gouache on paper mounted on wood panel, 21x14

fragile and much less in control, gouache on paper mounted on wood panel, 21×14

we should have stayed friends, gouache on paper mounted on wood panel, 21x14

we should have stayed friends, gouache on paper mounted on wood panel, 21×14

the ape made mistakes -or- he had forgotten what love sounds like, gouache on paper mounted on wood panel, 14x21

the ape made mistakes -or- he had forgotten what love sounds like, gouache on paper mounted on wood panel, 14×21

100% Cotton Rag

A couple of weeks ago I dug into my stash of paper, I pulled out my tubes of gouache and started on a series of small paintings (11×12). I’m going to mount them to wood panels so they can hang as is, or framed. Here are the first 5 of 12:

she meant more than he understood and was less than capable of showing, gouache on paper, 11x12

she meant more than he understood and was less than capable of showing it, gouache on paper, 11×12

 

she shared his feelings too much and too often, gouache on paper, 11x12

she shared his feelings too much and too often, gouache on paper, 11×12

 

he saw it as a failure in his own sight that he had never seen a ghost, gouache on paper, 12x11

it struck him as a failure in his own sight that he had never seen a ghost, gouache on paper, 12×11

 

someone should really tell her, gouache on paper, 12x11

someone should really tell her, gouache on paper, 12×11

 

hell is reassuring, gouache on paper, 12x11

hell is reassuring, gouache on paper, 12×11

I’ve added them to the website so you can check price and availability  if you’re interested.

Be sure to take a look at my paintings  in person if you’re ever in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Monroe, or Shreveport.

just a stone’s throw away

I have work on the walls of four different places during the month of August, and one of them is probably close to you or someone you know:

Ro2 (Dallas, TX): Chaos!!! 2015, Ro2 Third Annual Small Works Show. The opening reception is August 1, 7-10 pm. The show runs August 1-September 12.

Graphite Galleries (New Orleans, LA): Dirty Linen Night, new work from Joshua Chambers and Matthew Hance Saturday, August 8.

Ann Connelly Fine Art (Baton Rouge, LA): Summer Splash Exhibition Featuring Local and Emerging Artists. Show runs through August.

Capitol Park Museum (Baton Rouge, LA): Art Melt 2015

Agora Borealis (Shreveport, LA): new stock of cut paper pieces.

New work will be added to my website soon so keep your ear to the ground for that.

we drifted out of touch shortly after he lost his arms, acrylic on wood panel, 47x35

we drifted out of touch shortly after he lost his arms, acrylic on wood panel, 47×35

 

Happy New Year!

Since we are almost halfway through January, I thought it would be a good idea to wish you all a happy new year. If you follow me on facebook, instagram(@jchambers), or twitter(@chambers_artist) then you know I was able to meet my goal of 100 pieces of art in 2014. Below are a handful of some of the last pieces completed in 2014. Visit my website to see all the images, info, and prices.

despite the restraining effect of the attractive force, acrylic on wood panel, 23x23

despite the restraining effect of the attractive force, acrylic on wood panel, 23×23

i wish everyone was as happy as me, gouache on paper, 22x30

i wish everyone was as happy as me, gouache on paper, 22×30

finally and truly happy, gouache on paper, 22x30

finally and truly happy, gouache on paper, 22×30

what's it like to be who you are? gouache on paper, 22x30

what’s it like to be who you are? gouache on paper, 22×30

 

My first special exhibition of 2015 will be the Surreal Salon 7 at the Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art. Below is the piece that will be exhibited.

nice is better than good, acrylic on wood panel, 35x23, 2014

nice is better than good, acrylic on wood panel, 35×23, 2014

I look forward to keeping you informed of things to come.

they’re leaving

Several pieces are leaving my studio. Check out where they’re going so you can see them in person.

These four are headed to the Ann Connelly Gallery in Baton Rouge. Be sure to attend their event Art Wine Design on Thursday, November 6th 6:00-8:30pm.

he'd always wanted to travel with her around the world of his creation, gouache on paper

he’d always wanted to travel with her around the world of his creation, gouache on paper, 22×30

this is part of loving someone, ink and gouache on paper

this is part of loving someone, ink and gouache on paper, 22×30

i need it as much as you need me, ink and gouache on paper

i need it as much as you need me, ink and gouache on paper, 30×22

i thought i would like this, ink and gouache on paper,  30x22

i thought i would like this, ink and gouache on paper, 30×22

These eight are headed to Graphite Gallery in New Orleans:

two have acquired the same potential, acrylic on wood panel, 23x23

two have acquired the same potential, acrylic on wood panel, 23×23

both remain constant, acrylic on wood panel, 23x23

both remain constant, acrylic on wood panel, 23×23

begin to perform increasingly violent movements, acrylic on wood panel, 23x23

begin to perform increasingly violent movements, acrylic on wood panel, 23×23

such power is of little practical value, acrylic on wood panel, 23x23

such power is of little practical value, acrylic on wood panel, 23×23

whose errors compensate for one another formed not on, but in front of, acrylic on wood panel, 23x23

whose errors compensate for one another formed not on, but in front of, acrylic on wood panel, 23×23

almost equal, acrylic on panel, 23x23, $700

almost equal, acrylic on panel, 23×23

their nature was unkown to him and he accordingly referred to them as the latter, acrylic on wood panel, 35x45

their nature was unkown to him and he accordingly referred to them as the latter, acrylic on wood panel, 35×45

apparently my shame is harder to stomach than yours, acrylic on wood panel, 35x45

apparently my shame is harder to stomach than yours, acrylic on wood panel, 35×45

These five will be at the Agora Borealis in Shreveport:

a more powerful attraction on each individual, acrylic on wood panel, 14x16

a more powerful attraction on each individual, acrylic on wood panel, 14×16

which is removed, recompressed, and returned to the process, acrylic on wood panel, 16x14

which is removed, recompressed, and returned to the process, acrylic on wood panel, 16×14

a similar separation can be produced in a centrifuge, acrylic on panel, 14x16, $400

a similar separation can be produced in a centrifuge, acrylic on panel, 14×16

after a time, the system comes to rest, acrylic on wood panel, 14x16

after a time, the system comes to rest, acrylic on wood panel, 14×16

useless, and indeed dangerous, acrylic on wood panel, 16x14

useless, and indeed dangerous, acrylic on wood panel, 16×14

spring is the time for birthing new art babies

Here’s the next show of my work:
The Bossier Arts Council, Boomtown Casino, and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra are thrilled to invite you to the next WAM event slated for Thursday, May 15th at 5:30pm. This quarterly event features wine and food pairings, music courtesy of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (Peter Haas, Dan Santelices, and Chris Reed), and visual art. Cost for entrance is $20 and the featured artist is Joshua Chambers. For more informaiton please visit the Bossier Arts Council website at http://www.bossierarts.org or call 318-741-8310.

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ink and gouache on cut paper, 4×6/12×12

 

I’ll post more images of the 28 new pieces on the website after the reception. Hope to see you there.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the 16 new pieces in production.

 

Menu

Vegetable Crudités Served w/Spicy Ranch Dip & Mozzarella, Basil, & Roma Tomato Bruschetta Paired w/Rogbert Goyette Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA

Assorted Fruit & Cheese Kabobs & Assorted Canapés Paired w/Fernlands Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ

Mini Quiche Sun Dried Tomato & Smoked Chicken Cerviche Paired w/Peirano Estates Chardonnay, Lodi, CA

Grilled Mini Bacon Wrapped Scallops w/Roasted Corn Salsa Paired w/Christopher Michael Pinot Gris, Willamette, OR

Lasagna Cups Paired w/ Carpinetto Dogajolo Rosso, Tuscana, Italy

Prime Rib Carving Station Paired w/Stephen Vincent Cabernet, Central Coast, CA

Assorted Desserts w/Eberle Muscat Canelli, Paso Robles, CA

really good news

I’m not really sure how it happened, but last week’s post was deleted. Here are the images I had intended to post last week:

atleastsayplease

you should always say thank you, or at least say please, acrylic on panel, 10×10, $200

paper01

i need it as much as you need me, ink on paper, 30×22, $300

paper02

this is part of loving someone, ink on paper, 22×30, $300

paper03

these meant more when i was younger, ink and gouache on paper, 30×22, $300

paper04

i am a hero, ink and gouache on paper, 30×22, $300

paper05

i refuse to be forgotten, ink and gouache on paper, 30×22, $300

A really good thing happened this week: I was awarded “best in show” at the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s exhibition Critical Mass. The winning painting is titled “I can’t be what I once was” (you can look it up on the website). Besides that cash award, there are some pretty exciting things that come along with the award. First, I will have a solo exhibition in the third floor gallery of Artspace in July. Second, the Shreveport Regional Arts Council will take out a 1/4 page ad in a prominent art magazine to publicize the show (Art News/Art in America). Third, the juror for the show, San Diego art critic Lauren Buscemi will write a review of the solo show to be published in local/national publications and websites. Needless to say I am very excited, and feeling very fortunate. Critical Mass is full of impressive artists living in Northwest Louisiana. If you are in the Shreveport area you should make it a point to stop by.

Graphite Galleries in New Orleans has been doing a wonderful job selling my work,  but this means I am going to be producing like a mad man. I have the solo show in the Leslie Powell Gallery in May/June, the solo show in Artspace July/August, the group show in the Masur Museum of Art June/October, and the group show in The Shaw Center for the Arts October/November.

When it rains, it pours.

If you pray, pray for my wife.