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 might be possible.”
Today, his works and collaborations are widely exhibited and displayed in public, national, international, corporate and private collections around the world, from Trinidad to Japan, Canada 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 Master Draftsman, Glenn Vilppu in Naples, Italy and also worked with painter and illustrator Elio Guevara on his first public commission— a project to produce ten large murals for Zoo Atlanta.
In 05 Chambers was offered an apprenticeship at a prominent Atlanta sculpture studio. Over a span of eight years, Chambers advanced to the studio’s head apprentice and continued to gain recognition for his own work. Some of Chambers? most significant commissions The Alpharetta Veteran’s Memorial depicting two 7 foot bronze soldiers in a moment of pause on the battlefield, First Responders Medallion in Roosevelt Park in Gainesville GA, and a bust of “Abe Jackson” dog and best friend of an Atlanta celebrity. Chambers has collaborated on numerous projects for clients like Soho Myriad, Johnson Studio, Four Seasons, the Hilton, St. Regis, the Hyatt and 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.
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 three 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 2010, combining his sculpture and her photography talents. They plan to continue to grow their company offering fine art, sculpture instruction, and commercial photography services.
May 12, 2018