Chantal Joffe  (British, 1969) 

Chantal Joffe (British, b.1969) is known for her large and intriguing oil portraits. She was born in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, and attended Camberwell College of Arts from 1987 to 1988. She transferred to the Glasgow School of Art and graduated with honors in 1991 with a BA in Fine Art. Joffe then attended the Royal College of Art in London, where she earned her MA in Painting in 1994. She received the Delfina Studio Trust Award and the Abbey Scholarship.

The majority of Joffe’s paintings feature distorted images of women and children in realistic poses and trendy clothing. She draws inspiration from fashion magazines, photos of friends, and the work of other artists. In a recent interview, she mentioned some work she admires: "I find photography massively influential. Specifically, Diane Arbus, who I've been obsessed with my whole life. Her work has everything about the portrait of a human that you can ever want."

Joffe began her career painting images from adult publications. She felt that the explicit photographs had killed the girls, and that she was bringing them back to life. In a recent interview she explained why her art rarely features men: "I really love painting women. Their bodies, their clothes; it all interests me, whereas men really don't that much, in a way." Walking Woman is a typical example of her work. The portrait features the elongated image of a woman dressed in a bathing suit and strappy sandals but with a hauntingly disturbing face.

Joffe prefers working with oil paint because of its physicality, and she often leaves drips and pencil marks behind in her pieces. Her portraits are occasionally 10 feet tall and require scaffolding to complete. In 2006, Blonde Girl, Black Dress earned Joffe the coveted Charles Wollaston Award in the Royal Academy summer exhibition. The painting, one of 1,305 entries on display, was the unanimous winner of the "most distinguished work in the exhibition" award.

Joffe’s work has been shown at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, the University of the Arts in London, the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and the Bloomberg Space in London. She was named one of the 30 most important female artists of all time by Latest Art magazine in 2006. The artist recently collaborated with fashion photographer Miles Aldridge to create a dual piece: Joffe painted Aldridge's wife while he photographed the process. Joffe continues to live and work in England.

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Chantal Joffe, Sally in Fishnets


Chantal Joffe
Sally in Fishnets

Galerie Forsblom
Chantal Joffe, Blonde With A Baby


Chantal Joffe
Blonde With A Baby

Cheim & Read
Chantal Joffe, Big Blonde in a Red Dress


Chantal Joffe
Big Blonde in a Red Dress

Cheim & Read
Chantal Joffe, Vita in the Borgese


Chantal Joffe
Vita in the Borgese

Galerie Forsblom
Chantal Joffe, The Repose (Moll)


Chantal Joffe
The Repose (Moll)

Galerie Forsblom
Chantal Joffe, Sally in Fishnets


Chantal Joffe
Sally in Fishnets

Galerie Forsblom
Chantal Joffe, Red Lips on a Sun Lounger


Chantal Joffe
Red Lips on a Sun Lounger

Galerie Forsblom
Chantal Joffe, The Hard Winter


Chantal Joffe
The Hard Winter

Galerie Forsblom
Chantal Joffe, Jessica


Chantal Joffe

Victoria Miro Gallery
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Chantal Joffe, Untitled


Chantal Joffe
Untitled, 2001
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Chantal Joffe
Untitled, 2003
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Chantal Joffe, Untitled


Chantal Joffe
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1969   Born in St. Alban’s
1987 - 1988   Foundation Course, Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts
1988 - 1991   B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art
1992 - 1994   M.A. Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London
  Lives and works in London
  2006 The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition’s Wollaston Award
  1998 - 99 Abbey Scholarship, The British School at Rome
  1994 - 96 Delfina Studio Trust Award
  1993 Elizabeth Greenshields Award
  1993 Paris Studio Award (Royal College of Art)
  1992 – 94 TI Group Scholarship
  1991 Nat West 90’s Prize for Art
  1991 John Kinross Memorial Scholarship
2013   Nightfall New Tendencies in Figurative Paiting, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague
2012   Cheim & Read, New York, USA (solo)
2011 - 2012   Nothing in the World But Youth, Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous Margate, Kent, UK
2011   Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2010   Kristen. As Seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe, Galerie Alex Daniels - Reflex Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2010   Cream, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
2009   Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milano (solo)
2009   Cheim & Read, New York (solo)
2009   On Paper, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Zuoz
2008   Her House, Her House Gallery, London
2008   I Won’t Grow Up, Cheim & Read, New York
2008   Monument to Transformation 7, Monument to Transformation, Prague
2008   Victoria Miro Gallery, London (solo)
2008   …same as it ever was Painting at Chelsea 1990 – 2007, University of the Arts, London
2007   DRAW, MIMA Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
2007   Galeria Monica de Cardenas, Zuoz, Switzerland (solo)
2007   Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy (solo)
2006   Regen Project, Los Angeles (solo)
2006   My World in Your Eyes, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea
2006   Sweets & Beauties, Fredericks & Freiser, New York
2006   The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2005   Victoria Miro Gallery, London (solo)
2005   Monica de Cardenas, Milan (solo)
2005   London Calling, Galleri KB, Oslo, Norway
2005   The Wonderful Fund on Tour’, Le Musee de Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco
2004   Il Capricorno, Venice, Italy (solo)
2004   Plan B – Drawing Show, STUDIO 1.1, London
2004   Chantal Joffe - Kenny Macleod, Bloomberg Space, London
2004   Ancoats Hospital - Out Patients Hall, The Nunnery, London
2003   Victoria Miro Gallery, London (solo)
2002   John Moores 22, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
2002   The Galleries Show - Contemporary Art in London, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2002   Nel Bosco/The Forest, Galeria Monica de Cardenas, Milan
2002   The Bold & the Beautiful, Mile End Park, London
2001 - 2002   Gardino, Bergamot Museum, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento and Comune de Sassuolo, Modena, Italy
2001   Works on Paper: from Acconci to Zittel, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
2001   The Way I See It , Galerie Jenifer Flay, Paris
2001   Figuarcoes, Galeria Mario Sequeira, Braga, Portugal
2001   Chantal Joffe and Steven Gontarski, One in the Other, London
2001   Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris (solo)
2001   Monica de Cardenas, Milan (solo)
2000   Victoria Miro Gallery, London (solo)
2000   Il Capricorno, Venice (solo)
2000   Palace, The Lock Up, London
2000   A very nice film club, Vilma Gold, London
2000   Art + Mountains: Conquistadors of the Useless, The Alpine Club, London
2000   SEXY, Houldsworth Fine Art, London
2000   Girl, The New Art Gallery, Walshall
2000   Raw, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
2000   Shadow of Glamour, One in the Other, London
2000   The practices of Perception, Galeria Civica, Trento, Italy
2000   My Love Painting, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
2000   Joffe/Flannigan, Gallerie Akinci, Amsterdam
1999   Feigen Contemporary, New York (solo)
1999   Galeria Marabini, Bologna (solo)
1999   Il Capricorno, Venice (solo)
1999   British Portrait 1, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy
1999   6 min, 3 sec, Tullkammern/Galleri Brage, Sweden
1999   Equlibri Precari, The British School at Rome, Italy
1999   Temples of Diana, Blue Gallery, curated by Neal Brown
1998   Saks Project Art, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York
1998   The Painter’s Progress, The Royal College of Art Collection, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
1998   Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
1998   Facts & Fictions, Galleria IN ARCO, Turin, Italy
1997   Chantal Joffe and Dawn Mellor, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
1996   SAD, Gasworks, London
1996   Glass Shelf, ICA, London
1996   New Contemporaries, Tate Gallery, London
1995   Delfina Studio Trust Summer Show, Delfina Studios, London
1994   Into the 90’s, Mall Galleries, London
1993   Withworth Young Contemporaries, Withworth Gallery, Manchester
2008    Art Review, Chantal Joffe on going backstage, June 2008
2008    Artworld, Fisun Guner, Chantal Joffe, February/March 2008
2007    Vogue, Ana Finel Honigman, Artists’ models, April 2007
2007    The Spectator, Laura Gascoigne, Middlesbrough’s lofty ambitions, 17 February 2007
2007    The Independent, Michael Glover, Draw, 7 February 2007
2007    The Guardian, Adrian Searle, Go with the flow, 30 January 2007
2006    Modern Painters, Mathew Collings, More on Painting, February 2006
2005    Independent, Sue Hubbard, Sisters Under the Skin, 13 December 2005
2005    Time Out, Sally O’Reilly, Chantal Joffe, 7 – 14 December 2005
2005    Metro, Fisun Guner, Scary Mother, 28 November 2005
2005    Sunday Times, Waldemar Januszczak, The picture of health?, 27 November 2005
2005    Chantal Joffe – New Paintings 2005, (booklet) Victoria Miro Gallery, London, with text by Neal Brown.
2005    Chantal Joffe, Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Italy, with texts by Vittoria Coen and Riccardo Conti.
2005    The Triumph of Painting, The Saatchi Gallery, London
2004    Bloomberg Space, (booklet), Sasha Craddock, Interview with Chantal Joffe, 22nd of May
2004    Time Out, Sally O’Reilly, Chantal Joffe – Bloomberg, London, June 23rd
2003    Time Out, Rebecca Geldard, Chantal Joffe – Victoria Miro, London
2003    The Independent, Sue Hubbard, Art for sale – Chantal Joffe, April
2003    What’s on in London, Jim Healy, Every Women, April
2003    ID Magazine, Niru Ratnam, Chantal Joffe, May
2003    Women, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, with text by Sasha Craddock.
2001    Tema Celeste Francesco Poli, Chantal Joffe, Italy, July
2001    The Face Niru Ratnam, Painting is dead – lond live painting, issue 50
2001    Time Out, Sally O’Reilly, Chantal Joffe and Steven Gontarski, London February
2000    SEXY, The Guardian Guide, July
2000    The Times, Hannah Betts, And all things nice, June
2000    Esquire Magazine Louisa Buck, Girly Whirly, June
2000    Inter Vista Neal Brown, Chantal Joffe
2000    The Guardian Guide, Robert Clark, Girls on Film, May 27
2000    i-D Magazine Stuart Shave, Masters at Work, May.
2000    The Guardian Gordon Burn, Off the Scrapheap, April 13
2000    Time Out, Izi Glover, Chantal Joffe, London, Jan 26
2000 Sasha Craddock, Chantal Joffe,,
2000    TThe Independent, Tom Lubbock, The five best shows in London, “Going Out”, p. 13, Jan
2000    Tema Celeste, Tiziana Conti, Facts and Fictions, Jan/Feb, pp. 91
2000    Girl, The New Art Gallery, Walshall, with text by Angela Kingston
2000    La Praticiche della Percezione, Galleria Civica Arte Contemporanea, Trento, with text by Vittoria Coen
1999    Flash Art, Liz Arnold, Dexter Dalwood, Chantal Joffe, Martin Maloney n Arco, Torino,
1999    Domenica: Il sole 24 ore, In Galleria, 24 March
1999    Arte, Chantal Joffe La ragazza terrible e arrivata in Italia! 8 March
1999    Time Out, Mario Gulliver, Com’e sfacciata la pittura di Chantal
1999    L’Agenda di Marie Claire, Arianna di Genova, Una “Bad Girl” a Bologna
1999    Dove, Bologna: Locali d’Avanguardia.
1999    L’universo Warhol, Calendario, 6 April
1999    Young British Art – the Saatchi Decade, Booth-Clibborn Editions, London, with text by Sarah Kent
1999    Facts & Fictions, Galleria in Arco, with text by Luca Beatrice
1998    London Art Now – Saks Fifth Avenue Project,, Dinaburg Arts and Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, with text by Sarah Kent
1998    The Royal College of Art Collection, Artwise, London, with texts by Paul Huxley and Cristopher Frayling
1998    New Neurotic Realism, The Saatchi Gallery, London, with text by Dick Price
1998    Flash Art, Martin Maloney, Bad Painting, Jan – Feb
1997    frieze, Neal Brown, Chantal Joffe and Dawn Mellor, issue 36, Sept – Oct
1997    Time Out, Sarah Kent, Chantal Joffe – Dawn Mellor, April 16
1997    ArtNet Worldwide, David Cohen, painting in London through thick and thin, 6 Feb
1997    Modern Painters, Matthew Collings, Autumn 1997
1996    Independent on Sunday, Tim Hilton, A brush with business, 21 July
1996    The Guardian, Adrian Searle, Searching for Ourselves, 16 April