Many cultures have literary or religious traditions that recognize life’s duality using parabolic characters whose symbolic actions or attributes often create conflicting meanings. I capitalize on this concept in my work by using broader cultural references to create cryptic tableaus inspired by my emotional states and interactions with others. This process provides audiences with seemingly untethered points of reference to inform the meanings and narratives they perceive within my work. To ensure this type of interaction, I depict my characters in moments of contemplation immediately preceding their resulting actions. I also set them in depthless landscapes of saturated color washes thereby leaving each character’s agency and circumstances to be defined by viewers.
Joshua Chambers is a painter who works in acrylic, pen & ink and printmaking. Described as elusive and happily odd, Joshua's work echoes the philosophy of absurdist playwrights and deconstructed sets. Receiving his Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana Tech University in 2009 and his Bachelors of Art from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, Joshua's work has been published in New American Paintings, Creative Quarterly, and Studio Visit Magazine. Chambers work can currently be found in Graphite Galleries in New Orleans, Ann Connelly Fine Art in Baton Rouge, and The Agora Borealis in Shreveport Louisiana. His works are in the permanent collections of the Masur Museum of Art in Louisiana, the Lessedra Gallery in Bulgaria, and numerous private collections. Chambers lives in Bossier Parish with his wife Leigh Anne and their daughter Sophia.