Blonde with a Baby

About Chantal Joffe

Recalling Alice Neel, Max Beckmann, and Alex Katz, Chantal Joffe makes portraits that bring a combination of insight, wit, and an eye for awkwardness and individuality to the genre of portrait painting. Based loosely on photographs of women sourced from fashion magazines, photo albums, pornography, and elsewhere, Joffe’s paintings—juxtaposing thin, dripping washes with thicker oily passages—explore the notion that all appearances and images, regardless of how off-hand they may seem, are carefully planned and constructed. "I’m a terrible photographer [...] But in a way, the more the photo is crap, the better to paint from," she says.

British, b. 1969, St. Albans, Vermont, based in London, United Kingdom

Solo Shows on Artsy

Chantal Joffe: Family, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki
Chantal Joffe: Night Self-Portraits, Cheim & Read, New York
Chantal Joffe, Cheim & Read, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

Human Condition, John Wolf Art Advisory & Brokerage, Los Angeles
Artworks, Cheim & Read, New York
Painting, works on paper and prints, Alex Daniels - Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Ritratto di donne, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia