David LaChapelle

American, b. 1963

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David LaChapelle

American, b. 1963

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Discovered by Andy Warhol at the age of 17, David LaChapelle began working for Interview Magazine at the threshold of his prolific career. Soon to be known for his hyper-real, distinctly saturated depictions of celebrity culture—Paris Hilton, Muhammad Ali, Britney Spears, Madonna, and Tupac Shakur figuring among his subjects—LaChapelle’s earliest work explored themes of mortality and transcendence through fine art, black-and-white photography. After tremendous success in commercial photography, music videos, and filmmaking, LaChapelle has returned to the gallery settings where he first began. His work today explores the metaphysical themes of his earliest work, referencing art history and religious iconography to make profound commentaries on the contemporary world. “I reintroduce my personal ideas of transfiguration, regaining paradise, and the notion of life after death,” says the artist, who now calls a remote farm in a Hawaiian jungle his home.

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Biography

Discovered by Andy Warhol at the age of 17, David LaChapelle began working for Interview Magazine at the threshold of his prolific career. Soon to be known for his hyper-real, distinctly saturated depictions of celebrity culture—Paris Hilton, Muhammad Ali, Britney Spears, Madonna, and Tupac Shakur figuring among his subjects—LaChapelle’s earliest work explored themes of mortality and transcendence through fine art, black-and-white photography. After tremendous success in commercial photography, music videos, and filmmaking, LaChapelle has returned to the gallery settings where he first began. His work today explores the metaphysical themes of his earliest work, referencing art history and religious iconography to make profound commentaries on the contemporary world. “I reintroduce my personal ideas of transfiguration, regaining paradise, and the notion of life after death,” says the artist, who now calls a remote farm in a Hawaiian jungle his home.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MALBA
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Bass Museum of Art
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Flash Art
Shows Featuring David LaChapelle
Articles Featuring David LaChapelle
The Religious Iconography of David LaChapelle
Dec 5th, 2018
The Religious Iconography of David LaChapelle
11 Iconic Fashion Photographs from the Past 3 Decades
Sep 11th, 2015
11 Iconic Fashion Photographs from the Past 3 Decades
David LaChapelle on Taking the Last Portrait of Andy Warhol
Jun 24th, 2013
David LaChapelle on Taking the Last Portrait of Andy Warhol
History Repeats Itself: David LaChapelle on Old Masters
Jan 28th, 2013
History Repeats Itself: David LaChapelle on Old Masters
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