January 1, 2012

The Mystery of Jack Chambers’s Lunch

Sara Angel writes on why the London painter’s unfinished masterpiece is so important to Canadian art

In the 1970s, London’s Jack Chambers had become the most financially successful painter in Canadian history. Still, his work remains undervalued in this country and many questions surround even his most famous work. In her Walrus profile, “Unfinished Business,” (read it here) ACI founder Sara Angel chronicles Chambers’s life and unravels the mystery of the artist’s incomplete masterpiece, Lunch (above).


Read the ACI’s Jack Chambers: Life and Work by Mark Cheetham.

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Jack Chambers, Lunch, 1969 (unfinished), oil and synthetic paint on wood, 197.9 x 182.9 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.

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