About

Cedric Alessandro Chambers

 

Self Portrait - Cedric Chambers - 24 x 24 - Oil on Canvas

Self Portrait – Cedric Chambers – 24 x 24 – Oil on Canvas

Biography

Cedric Chambers was born on June 16, 1990 he lives and works in Denver, Colorado. He is a professional photographer, a prolific painter and a member of NEXT gallery. Chambers primarily paints with oil paint and draws inspiration from his environment. His portfolio includes over 200 paintings in styles from photo realism to abstract expressionism.[1] His father gave him the name Cedric so he wouldn’t have to pick a pseudonym. His grandfather was a concert violinist who played a stradivarius. His mother is a Bolivian fashion designer who let him participate in hispanic cultural festivals and parades.

Chambers is inspired by the famous feminist art critic Linda Nochlin. She argues that in order to master painting one has to first master painting the human figure.[2] During High School Chambers focused on painting a series of paintings of Communist leaders contrasted in Angelic poses. At 16 Cedric was the youngest member of the Ken Caryl Art Guild and won his High school’s “Trite” contest with a portrait of Mao Zedong. By 2007 Chambers was regularly selling his artwork on eBay with the occasional international buyer. In 2008 Cedric enrolled in Colorado State University to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering.

Chambers spent the majority of his free time in college painting and reading the psychoanalytic literature by Slavovj Zizek. It was during this period that Cedric was exposed to his first viral painting. In 2010 Chambers created a mixed media painting called “The Subconscious Wish” which was featured on DIEHIPSTER.com.

During College Chambers regularly set up photo shoots in his studio apartment. These photos became the basis for the Anemos Dream Series. One of the photo’s was featured in the back of the February 2010 issue of 303 magazine. In 2013 Chambers starting donating paintings to “Project Worthmore”, a charity which works with Burmese Refugees. That Spring Chambers had his first dual show at the Denver Art Society. That winter Chambers was featured in the Huffington Post for creating the “most offensive painting ever”.[3] During the following months he was featured in List 25[4] and had an interview with FilterFreeAmerika[5].

In 2014, Chambers was hired as an advertising consultant for the Nobel Peace Prize Nominated One Billion Acts of Peace Campaign. That same year he enrolled in Metro State University’s BFA program. Chambers started focusing on realism and continues to have art shows throughout the Denver Metro Area. He believes that art is a cultural narrative that should express what can be found in life.  

Modernism critiques the technique of art, and postmodernism critiques both the technique and ideologies of art.[6] Chambers believes that the postmodern critique on Abstract Expressionism is Photo-realism, and that Greenberg is wrong, painting never died. Chambers also agrees with Donald Kuspit. ‘Kuspit argues that art is over because it has lost its aesthetic import. Art has been replaced by “postart” as a new visual category that elevates the banal over the enigmatic, the scatological over the sacred, cleverness over creativity. Kuspit argues that the devaluation is inseparable from the entropic character of modern art, and that anti-aesthetic postmodern art is in its final state. In contrast to modern art, which expressed the universal human unconscious, postmodern art degenerates into an expression of narrow ideological interests. In reaction to the emptiness and stagnancy of postart, Kuspit signals the aesthetic and human future that lies with the old masters.’[7]

Curriculum Vitae

  • “Wide Open Whatever”, Core New Art Space, Denver CO. – February 7, 2016
  • “IceBreaker 7”, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver CO. – January 8, 2016
  • “FarSide Awakens”, The Armoury, Denver CO. – January 8, 2016
  • Deck the DPAC – Art Gallery at the DPAC, Denver CO. – December 13, 2015
  • CVA Portfolio Show – CVA, Denver CO. – November 4, 2015
  • “Portraits of Frequency”, Art Gallery at the DPAC, Denver, CO. – July 27, 2015
  • “Pancakes and Booze Art Show” – City Hall, Denver, CO. – March 2015
  • “Project Worthmore”, Aurora Arts Center, Aurora CO. – March 2015
  • “Birdseed 100 on 100 Show”, Love Gallery, Denver CO. – March 2015
  • VFW Post 1 – 841 S. Santa Fe, Denver CO. – March 2015
  • VFW Post 1 – 841 S. Santa Fe, Denver CO. – February 2015
  • “Salon Des Refuses” – Metro State, Denver CO. – February 2015
  • “Deck the DPAC” – Art Gallery at the DPAC, Denver CO. – December 2014
  • “Done Four” – Metro State, Denver CO. – December 2014
  • “Grande Petite” – Core New Art Space, Denver CO. – November 2014
  • “Anything Goes” – Art Core, Pueblo CO. – October 2014
  • “The Painting Show” – Core New Art Space, Denver, CO. – September 2014
  • “Pancakes and Booze Art Show” – City Hall, Denver, CO. – December 2014
  • Dual Show with Becky D’arcey; Denver Art Society, January 2013
  • Valentines Show; Denver Art Society, February 2013
  • “Green”; co-op show Denver Art Society, March 2013
  • “Pancakes and Booze Art Show” – City Hall, Denver, CO. – February 2013
  • 100 on 100; March 2013
  • “Project Worthmore” – 15th and Yosemite, Denver, CO. – November 2013  
  • “La ChitiGaleria De Tu Novia Abuela”, La Paz, Bolivia – 2012-2013
  • RawNerve at the Casselmanns Bar and Venue: November 2012.
  • RawAwards, at Casselmanns Bar and Venue: on November 2012.
  • Drawing 4 show – Center for Visual Arts – November 2012
  • “Mixed Media Open”, Juried Show, The Core New Art Space, Denver CO. – July 2012.
  • “Ut Pictura Poesis: An Open Art and Poetry Exhibition”, Buxiejo Gallery, on October 2012.
  • Halloween; Denver Art Society, October 2012
  • Project Worthmore: November 2012
  • “Pancakes and Booze Art Show” – City Hall, Denver, CO. – November 2012
  • Thanksgiving; Denver Art Society, November 2012
  • CVA Portfolio Show, Center for Visual Arts, November 2012

[1]         Chambers, Cedric. “Art by Denver Artist Cedric Chambers.” Art by Denver Artist Cedric Chambers. Accessed September 24, 2015. http://www.cedricchambers.com/portfolio/.

[2]         Extract from Women, Art and Power and Other Essays, Westview Press, 1988 by Linda Nochlin, pp.147- 158

[3]         Moye, David. “Jesus Darth Vader Painting By Cedric Chambers Selling On EBay.” The Huffington Post. November 8, 2013. Accessed September 24, 2015. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/08/jesus-darth-vader-paintin_n_4242204.html.

[4]         “25 Most Offensive Paintings Ever Created.” List25. May 27, 2014. Accessed September 24, 2015. http://list25.com/25-most-offensive-paintings-ever-created/.

[5]         “FFA Episode #69 Interviews: Talking Art with Artist, Cedric Chambers: MP3 Online Hören – FILTER FREE AMERIKA – Audio 233268766.” Podcast.de. December 12, 2013. Accessed September 24, 2015.

[6] PBS. Accessed September 24, 2015. http://www.pbs.org/faithandreason/gengloss/postm-body.html.

[7]         Kuspit, Donald. “The End of Art.” Google Books. February 7, 2005. Accessed September 24, 2015. https://books.google.com/books/about/The_End_of_Art.html?id=7NcFGwAACAAJ&hl=en.

Press

 

 

Christian Post

Christian Post Most offensive painting ever

Christian Post Most offensive painting ever

Mission

I believe that the art world has focused on the wrong aspects of art. Such as networking jargon, elitism, and “educating” the public. I believe that art should speak for itself and that you shouldn’t need an art degree to understand it. Just like surrealism relies on the interpretations of the symbolic representations placed in front of the viewer, I rely on the same methods. My artwork is a temporal representations of a definitive moment. Art is a subjective experience and the viewer may interpret the narratives with their own understandings. Each of these works were done in the spur of the moment. “Autumn O.” was taken from a Halloween event, “Randy” from a live concert, and “Zombie crawl” from a street celebration. These are infinitesimal representations of the now, what’s happening now, what exists now.

Art is a cultural reaction to the change in function.[1] The author is only as important as the actor, as the physical embodiment of the Spirit of the age (German: Zeitgeist). The Zeitgeist is the intellectual fashion or dominant school of thought that typifies and influences the culture of a particular period in time.[2] For example, Banksy embodies the zeitgeist of today’s consumer society, while also embodying the innovation of spray paint, and ideological anti-art. This is the authentic nature of art, to express the historical significance of any given time period, to visually display ideological shifts, and to demonstrate the innovations of said era. Rather than focusing on the transcendence that one finds in Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, one focuses on the mundane. Rather than ignoring technique, one focuses on the pure technical aspects of creation. Contemporary realism has a l’pour l’art aspect to it, art for the sake of art.


[1]              Dean, Tim. “Art as Symptom: Žižek and the Ethics of Psychoanalytic Criticism.” Diacritics 2, no. 32 (2002): 21-41.

[2]         Glenn Alexander Magee, The Hegel Dictionary, (London: Continuum, 2010), 262

Sales and Investments

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I’ve sold over 200 original paintings around the World. The value of a painting can vary depending on the size and the style of the artwork, my average sale price has gradually increased over the past few years. To learn more about art as an investment, I recommend reading this blog.

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Certificate of Authenticity

Something that can be created by a computer can also be replicated by a computer. This is the primary reason that I do not use online registry databases. A certificate of authenticity is intended to prove to future buyers, that the artwork in question is original. Where the certificate comes from and how it is authenticated, adds legitimacy to the artwork. Each certificate that I create includes a hologram security seal which is printed onto copy proof security paper. Signed and dated by the artist, a certificate can only be re-issued by the artist. It is important that the buyer keeps the certificate in a safe place. A certificate adds security to your long term art investment.

Shipping

SHIPPING BOX INSERT DIAGRAM

Shipping Your Art Diagram

Shipping Your Art Diagram

In this diagram, the art piece is shown as a colored rectangle. Cut areas are solid lines and folded parts are dotted lines. As you can see, I cut two times from each side towards the middle, creating big flaps that can be folded around the artwork.

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If more than one work of art is being shipped, wrap each item in bubble wrap individually, and then tape them together as a unit. Place that stack in the center of your prepared insert and fold the flaps over on all sides, taping or binding them securely against the bubble wrapped stack of art.

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SHIPPING ART slide in and seal

Slide your strapped insert into your box, bending the side flaps upward to perfectly fit into your box. Add peanuts to fill empty places if your piece is glazed or very delicate. Put your packing slip in, seal the end securely, label and ship.

Of course, even with all of these precautions, you will always want to pay for shipping insurance. Do your final sealing in front of the shipping agent so they can confidently insure your package.