David Chamberlain works in a multitude of mediums. After completing a monotype, Chamberlain will use his hands, fingers, and fingernails to achieve the desired effect of oil paint, which he layers onto the original print. Chamberlain is inspired by the harmony, composition, and improvisational qualities that are found in music. He carries this quality into his own work through gestural lines, subtle colors, and finely tuned compositions that are created without sketches or preconceived ideas. Frequently the works will be created cooperatively, where Chamberlain will paint a line and another artist will respond. The artist refers to the resulting pieces as Duets.
The artist received a MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. He has exhibited at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY, and the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE, among others. Chamberlain's work is also included in numerous museum collections, including National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, and Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, CT.