Tom Chambers was raised on a farm in the Amish country of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Tom completed a BFA in 1985 from Ringling College of Art, Sarasota, Florida with an emphasis in graphic design and strong interest in photography. For many years Tom has worked as a graphic designer and art director, including the design of packaging and magazines. Since 1998 Tom has devoted himself to photomontage which has been influenced by national and international travel, music, literature, and the art genre of magic realism. Tom has received fellowships from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Ethereal and surreal, Tom Chambers's photomontages 'tell unfinished stories' about childhoods in flux, gasping ecologies, and unfinished fantasies. . . . His vibrant single final frames twist storybook notions into spectral scenes--in which rowboats are moored in fallow fields, their occupants waiting for the tides to turn, or in which girls in gowns twist up in lights, read to fawns, or offer themselves up to the sky. Animal life is ever-present: communing with the young, pushing on through damaged landscapes, and--at times, it seems--waiting to take over. . . . These are images worth puzzling through, whose lovely, otherworldly suggestions promise to bleed past their edges and into your dreams. --Foreword Reviews