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Chantal Joffe’s figurative paintings – both large and small scale – usually depict women or girls. From catwalk models, porn actresses and literary heroines to mothers, children and loved ones. Her paintings question expectations of what feminist art might be; often pointing to how appearances are constructed – whether in a fashion magazine or the family album – and to the choreography of display. Sometimes shown in groups but recently in iconic portraits, her images of women draw loosely on a range of sources such as photographs, magazines and even reflections in the mirror, using distortion to make her subjects seem more real.
Mindful of the seductive power of paint to engage and hold our attention, her fluid, seemingly casual brushstrokes work in tandem with the image to achieve a psychological and emotional force, prompting reflection on ever-changing human relations and the endless complexity of looking.
Chantal Joffe was born in Vermont in 1969, and lives and works in London. She studied Painting at Glasgow School of Art (1988–91) and gained an MA from the Royal College of Art in 1994. Joffe has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, from London, Margate, Middlesborough and Glasgow to Venice, Oslo, Paris and New York. Recently she's displayed work at the National Museum of Iceland in 2016, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Jewish Museum in New York and the Jerwood Gallery in 2015. She was awarded the Royal Academy’s prestigious Woollaston Prize in 2006, elected to the Royal Academy in 2013, and is represented by the Victoria Miro Gallery.
Chantal Joffe, Self-Portrait with Esme, 2009, Oil on linen, 213.5 x 152.5 x 3.3 cm, 84 1/8 x 60 1/8 x 1 1/4 in
Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London
© Chantal Joffe