John Chamberlain (1927-2011) - American sculptor, internationally known for his long career of creating vibrantly colored, dynamic sculptures from crushed, twisted and bent automobile parts.
Inspired by the scale, color and impulsive creation of abstract expressionist work, Chamberlain was a pioneering force through his use of found materials and diverse colors. While also experimenting with a variety of sculptural media, as well as with film and painting, he greatly impacted many generations of artistic movements, including Minimalism and Pop art.
"I wasn’t interested in car parts per se, I was interested in either the color or the shape or the amount… Just the sheet metal. It already had a coat of paint on it. And some of it was formed…. I believe that common materials are the best materials."
"…one day something - some one thing - pops out at you, and you pick it up, and you take it over, and you put it somewhere else, and it fits. It’s just the right thing at the right moment. You can do the same thing with words or with metal."