FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Title: "Flashback I"
Portfolio: Flashback Series I-VIII
Medium: Original Screenprint
Limited edition: 25/175
Sheet size: 28.25" x 20"
Image size: 18.75" x 14.75"
John Chamberlain, in full John Angus Chamberlain, (born April 16, 1927, Rochester, Indiana,
U.S.—died December 21, 2011, New York, New York), American sculptor, painter, printmaker, and
filmmaker whose Abstract Expressionist works were characterized by an emotional approach to
concept and execution.
Chamberlain studied at the Art Institute of Chicago (1951–52), where he began working in metals,
and at Black Mountain College in North Carolina (1955–56). In 1957 he had his first one-man show in
Chicago. His early pieces were made from welded iron rods, but he later used such materials as
heat-shaped Plexiglass, paper, polyurethane, industrial rubber, brown paper bags, and aluminum
foil before returning in 1974 to the use of auto body parts. His first sculpture to employ car parts was
Shortstop (1957), which featured rusty fenders that he had found in the yard of painter and friend
Larry Rivers. Chamberlain’s sculptures are typified by Mr. Press (1961), a construction of fragments
from automobiles, crumpled and jammed together to create an effect of isolated, frozen movement.
He often coated his pieces with bright industrial paints. During the 1970s oil crisis, Chamberlain
often incorporated oil barrels into his work, notably in the series Socket and Kiss (1979). For a brief
interlude he used car spray paint to create works that combined stencil and Action painting.
Chamberlain was also involved in video and film and produced the cinematic Wide Point (1968); he
later dabbled in drawing and printmaking. In 1971 his work was given a retrospective by the Solomon
R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.