CHAMBURY, James

1927 - 1994

Born at Islington, London on 23 May 1927, son of Walter Chambury and his wife Mary Ann née Cooper, who married at Hackney, London in 1907. In 1939 James was at a school in Woodbridge, Suffolk, living at 39 Deben Road, Woodbridge but spent much of his early years in London showing a keen interest in drawing which he studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and the Sir John Cass College. He began his career as a commercial artist with an emphasis on magazine design and illustration. He married at Westminster, London in 1952, Josephine Lucia Petronzio (1925-2006) and they left London in 1967 for Billericay, Essex, devoting himself to full time painting. In 1978 they moved to Hadleigh in Suffolk so that he could live in the countryside that gave him his inspiration. He was first and foremost a painter of land and seascapes and all his pictures demonstrate his interest with the light as it permeates the sky, land and sea. His love of the land took him to the West Country, the Lake District, Scotland, the Netherlands and the Sultanate of Oman. It is his East Anglian pictures for which he is best known, although his pastels of flower studies and his animal studies are also widely acknowledged. A frequent London exhibitor with the Royal Society of Marine Artists, the Pastel Society and the British Watercolour Society as well as several highly successful one man shows. His paintings are hung in private collections in Britain, North America, South Africa, New Zealand, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Oman. An eminent member of the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists and the Suffolk Art Society. In December 1982 he was a co-exhibitor at a successful exhibition held at the Hadleigh Gallery to celebrate 10 years of the twinning of Hadleigh with the French town of Rousies, a painting of Hadleigh by Chambury was on show at Rousies. In December 1991 he held an exhibition in the Sultanate of Oman which resulted in the patronage of senior members of the Omani government which led to a commission for an unlimited number of paintings to be hung in Omani universities, hospitals and government offices. He was still working on this commission at the time of his death at Ipswich in 1994, being survived by his wife, who died in Ipswich in 2006. [James Chambury-Colour Light and Shade' (2011)]




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