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b. 1963, USA

David LaChapelle Biography

Like no other artists, American photographer David LaChapelle is recognised for his artistic talent in photography by both the Fashion and Art worlds. Simultaneously exhibited in galleries and involved in the Fashion industry since the 1980’s, he created his very personal aesthetic that is instantly distinctive and inspired by street culture and Pop-Art. It showcases themes of transgender, S&M, Hollywood celebrities - all in bright and colourful fantasy worlds. Each photograph is a thorough concept: from setting to wardrobe, lighting, composition, colours, theme, mood; every detail counts and is under careful control of the artist. Over the years, David LaChapelle created iconic surrealistic images of his friends and idols involved in erotic and luxurious scenarios. Lately, he has manipulated with his photographs by deconstructing their elements and putting them together into a collage.

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Born in 1963, David LaChapelle has an extensive oeuvre, having held solo and group shows at museum and galleries such as at 303 Gallery in New York, 1984, at the Palladium in New York, 1986, at Grand Central Station in New York, 1988, 1999, Kunsthaus Wien in Vienna, 2002, at Capodimonte Museum in Italy, 2006, Frieze in London, 2007, at MUBE Museum in Sau Paolo, 2008, his Retrospective show at La Monnaie De Paris in Paris, 2009, at LACMA in Los Angeles, 2009, and at Sotheby’s Gallery in New York, 2010. 

David LaChapelle Featured Artworks

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Deluge by David LaChapelle contemporary artwork
David LaChapelleDeluge, 2007Digital c-print
101.6 x 388.6 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery Contact Gallery
Passion de Fleur by David LaChapelle contemporary artwork
David LaChapellePassion de FleurPigment print
24 x 18.8 inches
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
Mary Magdalene Abiding Lamentation by David LaChapelle contemporary artwork
David LaChapelleMary Magdalene Abiding Lamentation, 2019Pigment print
24 x 18 inches
Reflex Amsterdam Contact Gallery
Praise! by David LaChapelle contemporary artwork
David LaChapellePraise!, 2009Chromogenic print and dibond
230 x 181 cm
Templon Contact Gallery
When We Gather Together by David LaChapelle contemporary artwork
David LaChapelleWhen We Gather Together, 2014Pigment print and dibond
101.6 x 80 cm
Templon Contact Gallery
Nativity by David LaChapelle contemporary artwork
David LaChapelleNativity, 2012Chromogenic print and dibond
127 x 179.8 cm
Templon Contact Gallery
My Own Marilyn by David LaChapelle contemporary artwork
David LaChapelleMy Own Marilyn, 2002Chromogenic print
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
After the Deluge: Statue by David LaChapelle contemporary artwork
David LaChapelleAfter the Deluge: Statue, 2007Chromogenic print
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery

David LaChapelle Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, David LaChapelle, Act of Nature at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
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1 June–28 September 2019 David LaChapelle Act of Nature Reflex AmsterdamAmsterdam
Contemporary art exhibition, David LaChapelle, Letter to the World at Templon, Paris
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3 November–29 December 2018 David LaChapelle Letter to the World Templon28 Grenier Saint-Lazare, Paris

David LaChapelle Represented By

Reflex Amsterdam contemporary art gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands Reflex Amsterdam Amsterdam
Templon contemporary art gallery in 30 rue Beaubourg, Paris, France Templon Paris, Brussels

David LaChapelle In Ocula Magazine

Singapore Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Singapore Lowdown: Shows to See By Tessa Moldan, Singapore

Singapore Art Week returns from 11 to 19 January 2020 with a host of island-wide events, at the centre of which is the second edition of S.E.A. Focus (16–19 January 2020) at Gillman Barracks, showcasing the best of contemporary art in Southeast Asia.

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David LaChapelle In Video & Audio

IN CONVERSATION WITH... DAVID LACHAPELLE Related Video & Audio IN CONVERSATION WITH... DAVID LACHAPELLE 19 June 2019, Reflex Amsterdam

In Conversation with... David LaChapelle is the fourth installment of our ongoing series of artist interviews. In this episode, LaChapelle tells us about his new exhibition Act of Nature and his thought process behind his beautiful works. Drawing from his immediate surroundings and his previous experience as a photographer to the stars, from...

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David LaChapelle's 'Seismic Shift' - Reflex Amsterdam Related Video & Audio David LaChapelle's 'Seismic Shift' - Reflex Amsterdam 18 April 2019, Reflex Amsterdam

This video takes a closer look at the different facets of David LaChapelle's most intricate photographs, Seismic Shift. Both the social critique and art historical references inherent in the work are dissected and explained. Reflex Amsterdam is delighted to announce their latest solo exhibition of the celebrated and accomplished photographer...

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