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Chambers: Tracks and Gestures

by Chris Lowry & Walker, John
Canada / 56:50 / 1982
sound / colour

An intimate portrait of Jack Chambers, a major figure in the Canadian cultural landscape, a man who has been called Canada's finest painter. Within a carefully constructed narrative of the artist's life, this visually lyrical film includes the full range of his work from the age of thirteen until his death. The story is told in Chamber's own words and in narration, and these voices are balanced by interviews with several of the people who were close to Chambers at different times in his life.

“Chambers: Tracks and Gestures” combines new footage evoking the artist's youth in London, Ontario, his life and studies in Spain in the 1950s, his mature years after resettling in London, with archival film footage and photographs and excerpts from Chambers' own powerful experimental films. This diverse material, including over seventy paintings and drawings, is woven together and enriched by a sensitive original musical score.

Co-director: John Walker

Exhibition Formats

  • 16mm
  • 3/4" NTSC


  • art and artists
  • biography


  • documentary
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