Dominic Chambers is a firm believer in taking care of a person.
The rising symbolic painter is known for his large-scale canvases that combine the mundane and the magical. A woman is engrossed in a book on a couch that floats with an abstracted blue backdrop reminiscent of a flowing river in an early piece. Themes of leisure and Black intellectualism characterize Lehmann Maupin’s paintings.
Chambers had a busy two years since graduating from Yale’s MFA program in 2019. In 2020, he had his first solo institutional exhibition at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, followed by a solo show at the Luce Gallery in Turin, Italy, this past September.
Lehmann Maupin, a global company with galleries in New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London, has taken on Chambers as a new representation. Chambers joins Chantal Joffe, Tom Friedman, Arcmanoro Niles, and Calida Rawles as recent additions to the gallery’s roster, and at 28 years old, she is the gallery’s youngest artist.
Dominic creates imaginative spaces for his figures in rich surfaces developed over time, allowing us to imagine the subjects and, in turn, offer them specific autonomy, according to David Maupin, cofounder of Lehmann Maupin.
“His interest in color scheme links him to the canon while he tries to push the boundaries of his medium and increase the scope of his work.” Chambers’ work was first shown with the gallery at Frieze New York earlier this year, and his most recent series of large-scale paintings, dubbed “Shadow Paintings,” will be shown at Art Basel Miami Beach next month.
The “Shadow Paintings” are a change from his previous work, filled with exuberantly colored portraits of the artist’s contemporaries. Chamber’s face is focused away from the viewer in the new self-portraits, staring into a sort of nothingness. Chambers reaches a hand behind him to greet the specter that hangs from his shoulder.
Chambers’ fingernails are painted a pale blue known as “haint blue” in each painting, used to ward off evil spirits by enslaved Africans and their descendants in the American South. The blue color was selected to symbolize the sky or the sea, both of which ghosts cannot cross.
Source: ART News