John Chamberlain was born in Indiana and attended the Art Institute of Chicago where he worked with David Smith. He was elected a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture from the International Sculpture Center in Washington, D.C.; the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, and the National Arts Club Artists Award.
Chamberlain accomplished with crushed auto parts what the Abstract Expressionists accomplished with paint. He created vast, swirling compositions of colored metal scraps from automobiles that earned him international fame. In his prints, Chamberlain transposes dynamic color abstractions from his sculptures to two-dimensional surfaces.