Cody Rex Chamberlain
Cody Rex Chamberlain spent his childhood roaming the high West Desert of Utah. He worked for the USDA Forest Service while earning his BFA in Art & Visual Communications from Utah Valley University, and subsequently while pursuing post-graduate studies in Anthropology and Archeology at the University of Utah. He has been a force in the art community in Utah for over a decade. He is a participant and contributor to the top ranked art annual competitions of Utah for many years running though he has currently turned his focus toward select group and solo exhibitions that benefit the community and spotlight environmental issues.
His maintenance of an active online presence has earned him increasing recognition and commissions. It is among Chamberlain’s proudest accomplishments that his work has been the first original artwork some people have elected to purchase, and that his dedicated patrons have selected his work for their children to grow up with.
He documents his adventures consistently, as they serve as the inspiration for his art. He enjoys sharing his experiences with others, taking artist on outings into natural and remote areas. His current focus is on expanding his adventures and artistic practice into unexplored territory and bringing art to everyone.
My art is a visual representation of an experience, a meld of past and present experiences. Though the desert is striking to the eye, I seek to transcend what can be seen and convey my emotional and intellectual response to it. In the stark and savage beauty of the desert I see the cycle of life and death exposed. I see a skull at the base of a thriving juniper, and the first bloom of a yucca under the specter of a withered pinion pine. The unapologetic exposure of the life cycle, laid bare, is part of what makes the adventure of exploring the desert so profound. I find solace in the acceptance of the natural processes we are all subject to. In my work, I aim to appeal to what unifies rather than divides us. The elemental cycle of life and death is a central theme in my art, and nothing connects us more than our mortality.
“Dead Trees.” The New Utah Podcast. 5 Jan. 2022, min. 34:10-1:35:38, www.soundcloud.com/user-208104475/293-dead-trees
Schnitzpahn, Doug. “The View: Art by Cody Chamberlain.” Outdoor Retailer Magazine. Jan. 2021, pp. 68-73. www.staging.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/outdoorretailer/january_2021/stage.php?startid=5#/p/68
Springville Museum of Art. “In Sight, Out of Mind: Springville Museum Exhibition Walkthrough.” Smofa.org, 2021, www.smofa.org/insight-outofmind.php
Chamberlain, Cody R., “Art Awards: Judged by Cody Chamberlain” 2020 Spring Touchstones: UVU’s Journal of Literature and Art. 2020, pp. 66, www.cdm17182.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p17182coll15/id/1707/rec/24
“Bough of the Juniper.” Artemis Journal, vol. 27, 2020, pp. 51.
Department of Cultural & Community Engagement. “The People Have Spoken.” artsandmuseums.utah.gov, 2020, www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov/the-people-have-spoken/
Iwasaki, Scott. “Visual artists Cody Chamberlain and Leonard Starbeck share their ‘Intersections in Nature.” Park City and Summit County News, Park Record, 17 Jul. 2019, www.parkrecord.com/entertainment/visual-artists-cody-chamberlain-and-leonard-starbeck-share-their-intersections-in-nature/
McBeth, Hannah. “From Desert to Ocean Crossings: Cody Chamberlain’s and Len Starbeck’s Intersections in Nature at the Park City Library.” Artists of Utah 15 Bytes, Utah’s Art Magazine, 27 Jul. 2019, www.artistsofutah.org/15Bytes/index.php/from-desert-to-ocean-crossings-cody-chamberlains-and-len-starbecks-intersections-in-nature-at-the-park-city-library/
Poore, Ann. “Art Elevated, Cody Chamberlain finds Inspiration in Deserts and High Places.” Artists of Utah 15 Bytes, Utah’s Art Magazine, 8 Jan. 2018, www.artistsofutah.org/15Bytes/index.php/art-elevated-cody-chamberlain-finds-inspiration-in-deserts-and-high-places/
Lee, Alex. “On the Edge of Zion, Utah Artists Remain Untamed.” Vice. 30 Jan. 2017, www.vice.com/en/article/pgq7xb/alexander-lee-edge-of-zion-utah-50statesofart
Roka, Les. “The Rededication of Spirit: Top Ten Moments of the Utah Enlightenment in 2017.” The Utah Review, 20 Dec. 2017. www.theutahreview.com/rededication-spirit-top-10-moments-utah-enlightenment-2017/
Roka, Les. 2017, December 1. Artist Cody Chamberlain’s obsessive muse: Spiritual Solace in the Utah Desert. The Utah Review, 1 Dec. 2017 www.theutahreview.com/artist-cody-chamberlains-obsessive-muse-spiritual-solace-utah-desert/
Twig Media Lab. 35×35 Artists of Utah: Cody Chamberlain. Twig Media Lab Vimeo, www.//vimeo.com/199236510
15 Bytes. “Cody Chamberlain : Desert Wake.” 15 Bytes Vimeo, www.//vimeo.com/250336902
Taylor, Elaine. “Local Artist takes first at Ogden competition.” Utah Public Radio, 9 Aug. 2013, www.upr.org/arts-and-culture/2013-08-09/local-artist-takes-first-at-ogden-competition