Selected works by Chantal Joffe

Chantal Joffe
Black Camisole

2004

Oil on board

305 x 124 cm
Hung around the gallery like banners, her visceral ten-foot tall portraits of women from the fashion pages are like a degenerate version of social realism.
Chantal Joffe
Mother and Child I

2005

Oil on board

304 x 123 cm
Although the models are undoubtedly human, with cares and woes, more anodyne characteristics and expressions are imposed by stylists and photographers. Joffe seems to resurrect these women as real people, the paint reanimating faces that were previously mask-like.
Chantal Joffe
Mother and Child II

2005

Oil on board

244 x 183 cm
The process of painting was very physical, requiring scaffolding and stamina. Unlike easel paintings, they could not easily be stepped back from to survey progress. As a result, the paint seems to have had as much control over the outcome as the artist; often a drip or a brushstroke creates a dynamic that could never have been premeditated.
Chantal Joffe
Walking Woman

2004

Oil on board

305 x 124 cm
Chantal Joffe has a distinctive style of painting which offers an uncompromising sense of power, complexity and impetus to the female figures she portrays.
Chantal Joffe
Woman With Flowers

2004

Oil on board

305 x 124 cm
Chantal Joffe uses her works to emphasize the psychological relations of her characters to one another and to the viewer.
Chantal Joffe
Snowy Car

2004

Oil on board

305 x 124 cm
The direct and liquid painting style that Chantal Joffe uses has the effect of filling her subjects with personality. The images possess an alarming humour; highly enjoyable and strangely provoking.
Chantal Joffe
Untitled

1995

Oil on gesso on board

Each 29.21 x 21.59 cm
The direct and liquid painting style that Chantal Joffe uses has the effect of filling her subjects with personality. The images possess an alarming humour; highly enjoyable and strangely provoking.

Articles

Chantal Joffe Mother and Child II

The women at the Victoria Miro Gallery make quite a first impression: I walk in to find a thin lady in a severe black dress bearing down on me with a nasty frown. Around the corner a mother, stark naked, is playing with her baby, whilst on the other side another woman is flashing her knickers at me.

These are the subjects of an impressive new exhibition by the young British artist Chantal Joffe. Joffe is known for her expressive paintings of women and children, drawn from sources as diverse as fashion magazines and pornography. Her latest exhibition quite literally takes her work to new heights: the canvases are huge - so big that Joffe had to use a scaffold to create them. It's a scale that is perfect for her lavish, paint-bingeing style. At 10 feet up, there's no room for flattering perspectives or soft brushstrokes.

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Chantal Joffe Black Sleeveless Dress, 2005

Known for her expressive studies of women and children, these new paintings represent a shift away from the intimacy characteristic of Joffe’s previous work. Her fluid and deliberately disintegrating painting style is carried out on a scale that boldly distorts the familiar figurative elements of her work, and serves to heighten the sense of the physicality of paint and the process of painting itself. Joffe’s women appear to invade the canvas with their monumental presence; limbs dissolve into large areas of light and dark, and backdrops and clothes turn into blocks of semi-abstract shapes and patterns.

Joffe’s distinct style of painting offers an uncompromising sense of strength, complexity and momentum to the female figures she portrays. As in her previous work, her women resist any determined narrative and possess ambiguous origins.

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