What Makes Kevin Chambers' Sculptures Collectable

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A client recently asked, "I was wondering if you can explain the process the that was done to the bronze to make it white? And I see it is listed as 1/1 so it is not cast from a mold, correct?” To which Kevin responded,"That’s a little tricky on that one, it’s a mix. It's technically 1/1 because I individually sculpt the composition of the flowers in the wax. The figure portion is cast from a mold but then it is altered and sculpted after wax casting. So in that way there are no two pieces the same as you would have with a traditional mold/cast.  The white is achieved as part of the patina process on top of the bronze using a proprietary mix of chemicals and heat including titanium dioxide."

Kevin's sculptures have garnered a lot of attention here at the gallery for their uniqueness. "They just don't feel like traditional sculptures," said gallery owner Robert Lange.

So lets find out a little more about the artist, who last night won the Portrait Society of America's "Signature Membership" award.

Which came first--- the artist or the inspiration? For Kevin Chambers, the artist was intrinsic, but inspiration came at age 12. That is when he started formal art training in Blairsville, Georgia with famed artist Colleen Sterling. “She was the first person I found that was making a living being an artist,” he says, “It’s the first time I realized it was a possibility for me.”

 Today, his works and collaborations are widely exhibited and displayed in public, museums including Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, national, international, corporate and private collections around the world, from Switzerland to Japan, Dubai and China.

 Chambers received a BFA in Media Arts and Animation from the Art Institute of Atlanta, a program that allowed him the latitude to develop his own personal style while he apprenticed for talented artists. He studied the figure with contemporary masters such as Glenn Villpu, Brian Booth Craig, David Simon, and anatomical workshops with Andrew Cawrse.  

 Some of Chambers’ most significant commissions include 2 life size bronze figures for “Deep Time Exhibit” at The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History , the Alpharetta Veteran’s Memorial depicting two 7’ bronze soldiers in a moment of pause on the battlefield, First Responders Medallion in Roosevelt Park in Gainesville GA, , and “Kindred Revolution” a family holding hands dancing in a circle for Emory Brain Health Center in memory of Mary Taylor Rose. Chambers has collaborated on numerous projects for clients like Four Seasons, the Hilton, the Hyatt, the Marriot Hotel Group and Ritz Carlton. In 2015 Chambers was elected into the National Sculpture Society, the oldest and most prestigious group of professional sculptors in the nation. In 2017 he was voted one of the “Top Three Artist to Watch” in the country by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.

 Chambers has a gift for expressing emotions, gestures and personal stories in his art. He says, “I am constantly inspired by everything around me and try to bring that to my work.” Chambers’ signature pieces are nuanced with sensuality, rhythm and motion.

 Chambers’ mastery of anatomy and of the three-dimensional form inspired him to teach, catering his instruction to each unique sculpture student. Chambers teaches figurative sculpture classes year-round at his studio KLC in Atlanta. All of his classes have a strong base in anatomy, gesture, and proportion. Together with his wife Lauren, Chambers established KLC Studios in 2015, offering classical fine art sculpture and painting instruction.

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