Artist of the moment…….John Chamberlain

Continuing our discussion about artists who renowned for their work with the automobile we have the great John Chamberlain. John Chamberlain was born in Rochester, Indiana in the year 1927.  Chamberlain was an abstract artist. The artist was a printmaker and sculptor. His sculpture works are what he is known most for. These involve pieces of automobiles crushed and then made into a new shape.

I like to think of the works as time capsule. I would love to see what a 2 by 3 foot piece of different cars next to each other looks like. For instance a Prius, a Cadillac, a Suburban, and a retro 1960s bug. It would be awesome to see what the different materials and coloring or rust perhaps on the vintage bug looked like. A very original concept and idea.

For his artistic education Chamberlain attended the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois. In addition Chamberlain attended Black Mountain College located in North Carolina.

The artist was a recipient  of Guggenheim Fellowship.

Chamberlain was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The artist passed away in 2011 at the age of 84 years of age.

In this clip a great interview with John Chamberlain.I found it interesting that he says all art is abstract. Andrew Wyeth used to argue that people said he was a photorealist, but he saw himself as a abstract painter. He loved to break things down and paint the abstracted forms. For instance wood or grass can be instantly recognizable, but also very abstract.

Price range information: Lithographs and silkscreens start at $4,000. At high end large sculptures have sold for $5 million at auction.

In this clip from Sotheby’s we view many steel sculpture works:

What a unique way to use the automobile in art!

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