With KLC Studios, husband-and-wife duo Kevin and Lauren Chambers have crafted the perfect formula for companionship, business and their creative passions.
For Kevin and Lauren Chambers, art isn’t just a part of their lives individually, it is part of their relationship. How they have mastered working in the art field together is something to be admired. Together the pair make up KLC Studios, an atelier-style fine art studio in West Midtown offering classic instruction in figurative sculpture and painting, and KLC Hospitality, a thriving gallery specializing in the creation and curation of art for the hospitality industry. Kevin is a successful sculptor with work on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. (a career milestone), Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the Veterans Memorial in downtown Alpharetta, and many other corporate and private collections around the world. For her part, Lauren works as an award-winning wildlife conservation photographer with a passion for animal advocacy. “To run a studio as diverse as ours you have to keep an open mind and go with the flow,” says Lauren. “Often, we are tasked with figuring out how to create what seems like impossible projects, but neither one of us lets negative energy invade the process. If one of us starts to lean in that direction, the other snaps them back quickly. That is essential in an art studio like ours.”
The yin and yang dynamic of their relationship and business has paid off. Kevin and Lauren have seamlessly worked together on hospitality commissions and garnered a sterling reputation. “Completing a successful hospitality commission requires a lot of back and forth. We have several clients that have told us, ‘When Kevin and Lauren are on the job we never worry about it. It will be done exactly as planned and on time,’” she says. “We are both all-in and completely focused on this business as a team.” A standout past project that truly epitomizes their expertise involves three massive jewelry-inspired sculptures for Address Hotel in Dubai, one of the first big jobs for their studio in which they executed every aspect: concept, design and build. “We did three massive 8-by-5-foot steel sculptures, incorporating silver leaf and custom cast-resin agate-inspired stones that resembled vintage earrings. The client installed the pieces and said, ‘That looks amazing, but now we need a 24-foot necklace to go under them.’ We looked at each other and said, ‘Of course you do!’”
Projects like these and their can-do attitude have propelled these talented artists in their business while simultaneously satisfying their individual passions for their respective art forms. Lauren has most recently debuted a photographic narrative titled Obsolescence, which is meant to bring awareness to endangered creatures and spark an intimate conversation between animal and viewer. “One day Kevin and I went on our monthly visit to Zoo Atlanta where he sculpts and I shoot. We were at the orangutan exhibit and I just started talking to one of the orangutans, eventually asking to take his photo,” says Lauren. “All of a sudden it was clear: My process can’t start by taking a photo of the animal, it must start with a conversation I have with them before ever picking up my camera. Then the photograph is the resulting documentation of that conversation.” Similarly, Kevin has created a sculpture dialogue through teaching. “I will always teach. I love it. I probably learn as much from teaching as the students do from the class. It’s such a great opportunity to see problems through other people’s eyes,” he says. “There is no way to describe how it feels to help someone realize a dream or something they thought would be impossible.”
Photography by: Johnny Spring