After training in Graphics and Painting at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Chalker was drafted into the British Army before he could take up the scholarship he won to the Painting School of the Royal College of Art, London. While posted to Singapore with the Royal Field Artillery in February 1942, he was captured by the invading Japanese forces and held as a prisoner of war in Changi prison before being sent to work on the Burma Death Railway. Here he recorded the lives of POWs through drawings and paintings.
After the war he graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1951, leaving as an RBA and subsequently RWA. Later he was elected a fellow of the Society of Medical Artists of Great Britain.
He was awarded an honorary degree by the University of the West of England in 2003.
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- "Captive Memories". http://www.captivememories.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=138:Chalker,-Jack-Bridger_&Itemid=3. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- Will Bennett (26 January 2002). "Burma Rail PoW auctions pictures of death camps". The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1382704/Burma-Rail-PoW-auctions-pictures-of-death-camps.html. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
- BBC Staff (16 April 2002). "'Ferocious' bidding for war paintings". BBC News Online. BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/1934154.stm. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
- Notes on Chalker at the Australian War Memorial
- UWE Degree award
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- Works of Chalker at the Australian War Memorial
- Work of Chalker held at the State Library of Victoria
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