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B. 1990 - Cedric Chambers

B. 1990 – Cedric Chambers

What are you wearing?

That’s a little forward. That’s me in the photo above holding a wild butterfly while playing pool at a bar.

 

What is your mission?

My goal is to create artwork that expresses complex ideas with a subtle layer of comedy.

 

How is shipping handled?

Original artwork is floated inside custom packaging. Prints are shipped flat. Please read my “how to ship art” blog post to learn more.

 

Where can I see your resume and read your bio?

Visit the about page.

 

In what context would your work best be viewed? Why?

In person because photographs don’t do it justice.

 

Are there any “signature” or repeating elements in your work?

I’d have to go with reflections.

 

What are your interests and/or obsessions?

I’m obsessed with my dog Coco, mostly because she’s super sweet and adorable. Painting itself is an obsession but not in a bad way.

 

Is your work narrative?

I would say that my work can be narrative, I rely on iconography quite a bit. I wouldn’t say that my art is inherently narrative.

 

Is your work autobiographical?

I believe that all art is autobiographical in some way. I’m largely influenced by my environment, everyday conversations, and the people I surround myself with.

 

Does your artwork attempt to make a statement or comment on the world around you? How?

I try to offer a synthesis between juxtaposed ideas while leaving the artwork free to interpretation.

 

Are you interested in making art that possesses beauty? What is beautiful to you? What does using beauty in your work do?

I use form, color, and composition to paint things that may or may not be beautiful. I believe that beauty is best expressed through passion. In short, yes, I want to create things that are beautiful.

 

Are you interested in depicting the grotesque?  What is grotesque to you?  What does using the grotesque in your work do?

I love to question the idea of beauty. I believe that anything can be beautiful. Also, the best art was considered grotesque when it first arrived on the art scene, like Michel-Angelo, Monet or Leonardo Da Vinci’s artwork. There are a whole lot of artists whom painted grotesque things many of which are household names now.

 

What kind of reaction do you want viewers to have towards your work?  What do you hope they will experience, see, feel, walk away with?

I want people to love my artwork, I want them to leave inspired. Whenever I see a really good art exhibit, I leave motivated and inspired. I want people to feel that when they see my artwork.

 

Is your work social? How? Is your work political? In what way?

My work is not always political, but it can be. The best example would be my painting, “The Prophets”. The painting was a reproduction of Caravaggio’s “The Entombment”. This work was deemed by the Huffington post as “The Most Offensive Painting Ever?”.

 

If you could speak to the world, what would you say?  Why?

Desire causes suffering. I would say this because it’s important to know what happiness is and how to achieve it.

 

Is investigation an aspect of your creative process? How is this connected to meaning in your work?

The artistic choices that I make are dependent on what I learn about subject while investigating it.

 

Is intuition an aspect of your creative process?  How is this connected to meaning in your work?

When I create a surreal piece of art, the artistic choices that I make are purely based off of intuition.

 

Are there popular elements or dichotomies in your work? – love/hate, private/public, micro/macro, inner/outer, etc.

Dichotomy is a consistent theme in my work. I love contrasting every part of the composition, including ideas.