Drawing loosely upon a tradition of contemporary mystical realism, Dominic Chambers creates paintings that immediately reference literary narratives cited in books, various mythologies and Black history, both in its oral tradition and written account. His current practice is invested in exploring Black introspection, the Black body, and the construction of lived Black experiences, as seen through moments of quiet contemplation and meditation, reading, leisure, and the camaraderie between friends. An avid reader since childhood, literature and the dialectics of language continue to play a major role in both his life and work.
In his psychological figurative paintings, Chambers builds a relationship between history, painting, and the imagination to center his respective ideas of where and how to find joy through respite, one that is both real and longed for.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1993, Dominic Chambers currently lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut. A comprehensive survey with the artist is planned for 2022, and a catalogue will be published by Roberts Projects in conjunction with the exhibition. In association with Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy.