Chambers grew up in West Cornwall and studied at both the Penzance School of Art and the Redruth School of Art before moving on to the Slade School of Fine Art, London (1954-57). After briefly working for Shell, and teaching at Peckham, he returned to Cornwall where he taught art at Fowey for almost a decade. In 1967 he became Head of Art at Queen Mary's Boys School, Basingstoke. From there in 1970 he joined the teaching staff of the South Devon College of Art and worked in both Newton Abbot and subsequently in Torquay when the school re-located. He retired as Head of the School of Art and Design there in 1995 and returned to Penwith, where he now lives and paints.

John is also a writer on art-related topics, a prominent one being The Auckland Bramley (1999) being the story of a neglected painting by the Newlyn artist, Frank BRAMLEY, that hangs in the Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand.

In Cornwall he has exhibited in Penzance, St Ives and in Newlyn and engages with series or groups of paintings employing mixed media and experimental abstract and geometric forms/images to a chosen theme, often with Cornish language titles. He has shared joint exhibitions with the constructivist sculptor Gordon ALLEN (2006) and John BERRYMAN (2007) and showed in mixed and group shows.


Painter in modernist, constructivist styles

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Chambers (1999) The Auckland Bramley

Exhibition notes for Gordon ALLEN