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b. 1969, United Kingdom

Chantal Joffe Biography

Possessing a humorous eye for everyday awkwardness and an enlivening facility with paint, Chantal Joffe brings a combination of insight and integrity to the genre of figurative art. Hers is a deceptively casual brushstroke. Whether in images a few inches square or ten feet high, fluidity combined with a pragmatic approach to representation seduces and disarms simultaneously. Almost always depicting women or girls, sometimes in groups but recently in iconic portraits, the paintings only waveringly adhere to their photographic source, instead reminding us that distortions of the brush or pencil can often make a subject seem more real. Joffe's paintings always alert us to how appearances are carefully constructed and codified, whether in a fashion magazine or the family album, and to the choreography of display. And yet there's witty neutrality in a career-spanning line-up that has given equal billing to catwalk models, porn actresses, mothers and children. Joffe questions assumptions about what makes a noble subject for art and challenges what our expectations of a feminist art might be. She ennobles the people she paints by rehabilitating the photographic image but, crucially, recognises that it is paint itself rather than attendant sociopolitical ideas that gives her paintings complexity and keeps us looking.

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Born in 1969, Chantal Joffe lives and works in London. She holds an MA from the Royal College of Art and was awarded the Royal Academy Woollaston Prize in 2006. Joffe has exhibited nationally and internationally at Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (2014 - 2015); Saatchi Gallery, London (2013 - 2014); MODEM, Hungary (2012); Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow (2012); Il Capricorno, Venice (2011, solo); Turner Contemporary, Margate (2011); Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York (2009); University of the Arts, London (2007); MIMA Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (2007); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2005); Galleri KB, Oslo (2005) and Bloomberg Space, London (2004).

Chantal Joffe Featured Artworks

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MAN IN A RIVER by Chantal Joffe contemporary artwork
Chantal JoffeMAN IN A RIVER, 2016Oil on board
50.2 x 40 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
Herb II by Chantal Joffe contemporary artwork
Chantal JoffeHerb II, 2018Oil on board
Victoria Miro Enquire
Self-Portrait III, August by Chantal Joffe contemporary artwork
Chantal JoffeSelf-Portrait III, August, 2018Oil on board
40.6 x 30.5 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire
Self-Portrait I, October by Chantal Joffe contemporary artwork
Chantal JoffeSelf-Portrait I, October, 2018Oil on canvas
40 x 30 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire
BLONDE WITH A BABY by Chantal Joffe contemporary artwork
Chantal JoffeBLONDE WITH A BABY, 2012Oil on board
244.5 x 183.5 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
Bella in Yellow by Chantal Joffe contemporary artwork
Chantal JoffeBella in Yellow, 2016Oil on board
24.38 x 18.12 x 0.75 inches
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
Esme in the Beach Hut by Chantal Joffe contemporary artwork
Chantal JoffeEsme in the Beach Hut, 2015Pastel on paper board
40 x 30 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire
Esme in St Leonards by Chantal Joffe contemporary artwork
Chantal JoffeEsme in St Leonards, 2015Pastel on paper board
30 x 40 cm
Victoria Miro Enquire

Chantal Joffe Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, I See You at Victoria Miro, London
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2 June–4 July 2020 Group Exhibition I See You Victoria MiroOnline Only
Contemporary art exhibition, Chantal Joffe, Chantal Joffe at Victoria Miro, London
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11 April–18 May 2019 Chantal Joffe Victoria MiroMayfair, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Chantal Joffe, Chantal Joffe at Victoria Miro, London
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11 April–18 May 2019 Chantal Joffe Victoria MiroWharf Road, London

Chantal Joffe Represented By

Cheim & Read contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Cheim & Read New York
Victoria Miro contemporary art gallery in Wharf Road, London, United Kingdom Victoria Miro London, Venice

Chantal Joffe In Ocula Magazine

David Shrigley, Wolfgang Tillmans and More Offer Affordable Art to Combat COVID-19 Ocula News David Shrigley, Wolfgang Tillmans and More Offer Affordable Art to Combat COVID-19 Hong Kong, 29 May 2020

Sales of works on paper and illustrated face masks will support charities and struggling art institutions.

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Chantal Joffe In Related Press

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Mother Figure: Gemma Blackshaw on Chantal Joffe Related Press Mother Figure: Gemma Blackshaw on Chantal Joffe 19 May 2018, Elephant

Sunday 11 March I woke for the first time this morning at a little after three. My daughter, who has started to sleep alone, had called out for me, and then for water. I held the cup in one hand, the back of her head in the other, leaning over her kneeling body, murmuring something. She drank deeply and then fell forwards on to the pillow, eyes...

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'Painting is a high-wire act': Olivia Laing on sitting for the artist Chantal Joffe Related Press 'Painting is a high-wire act': Olivia Laing on sitting for the artist Chantal Joffe 12 May 2018, The Guardian

Every time I go to Chantal’s studio we eat cupcakes from Hummingbird Bakery, get hopped up on sugar and talk very fast. We met because she read my book The Lonely City and asked if I’d come and sit for her. I feel like we made friends as soon as I walked through the door. She says she’s shy, but she’s one of the most open, engrossing talkers I...

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Now Jonathan Yeo is using Virtual Reality to make art Related Press Now Jonathan Yeo is using Virtual Reality to make art 11 December 2017, GQ

In celebration of its 250 th birthday, London's Royal Academy Of Arts explores the historic practice of life drawing in a revolutionary way. Beginning with the Academy's 18 th -century origins, From Life continues to the present and, most intriguingly, moves into the future. Historical paintings hang alongside works by Cai Guo-Qiang, Jenny...

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Jenny Holzer & Mapplethorpe works go on show in a hospital Related Press Jenny Holzer & Mapplethorpe works go on show in a hospital 17 October 2016, Dazed Digital

An immersive, site-specific exhibition titled Human Condition is currently taking up residency at a former hospital in West Adams, Los Angeles – once known as Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center. Opening in 1971, it was the first Black-owned hospital in the California city, running until the neighbourhood’s decline and revelations...

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