Dominic Chambers’s Magical Realist Paintings Capture the Sanctity of Black Leisure

Portrait of Dominic Chambers by Bek Andersen. Courtesy of Anna Zorina Gallery, New York

Dominic Chambers's imaginative paintings are the focus of this feature by Kendra Walker for Artsy. Chambers, known for painting vibrant portraits of Black people at leisure, has been said to harness his subjects' powers of imagination and rest. Influenced by the work of contemporary Black figurative painters such as Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley, Chambers makes his own mark by adding elements of magical realism to his work. Chambers's first solo exhibition, Like the Shape of Clouds on Water, is currently up at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Pittsburgh through December 13th.

“His vibrant paintings shed light on the many facets in the Black community that are typically overlooked, highlighting self-preserving, restorative activities such as reading, resting, and meditating in quiet, internal fantasies.” - Kendra Walker