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Chantal Joffe
Born (1969-10-05) 5 October 1969 (age 49)
EducationCamberwell College of Arts
Glasgow School of Art
Royal College of Art
Known forPainting
AwardsDelfina Studio Trust Award (1994–96)
Abbey Scholarship (1998–99)
Charles Wollaston Award (2006)

Chantal Joffe RA (born 5 October 1969) is an American-born English artist based in London.[1] Her often large-scale paintings generally depict women and children. In 2006, she received the prestigious Charles Wollaston Award from the Royal Academy.

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Life and education

Chantal Joffe was born in St. Albans, Vermont, USA.[2] Her younger brother is contemporary artist and novelist Jasper Joffe. Their mother, Daryll Joffe, is also an artist, painting in watercolours.[3]

Joffe completed her Foundation studies at Camberwell College of Arts (1987–88). She attended Glasgow School of Art in 1988–91, graduating with honours and receiving her BA in Fine Art. She received her MA in painting from the Royal College of Art, which she attended from 1992–94.[4][5]

She was honoured with the Delfina Studio Trust Award in 1994–96 and the Abbey Scholarship (British School at Rome) in 1998–99.[4][5] Joffe lives in London.[6]


Joffe primarily paints expressive portraits of women and children, often in very large scale, sometimes 10 feet (3 m) tall. In a 2009 interview with Stella McCartney, Joffe said, "I really love painting women. Their bodies, their clothes – it all interests me."[7] Source images for her personality-filled oil paintings include family photos, advertising, fashion magazines, and pornography.[8][9][10] Working roughly from her photographic source material, Joffe introduces distortions to her depictions.[11]

In the McCartney interview, Joffe mentioned the photography of Diane Arbus as an inspiration for her art: "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."[7]

A reviewer said of her "big rude paintings" that "she paints with a kind of easy control – effortless without being slick."[9] He further points out that her paintings may give an initial impression of simplicity, charm, or childishness, but "they have an unsettling quality which gives the exhibition an odd, rather menacing mood."[9]

Some of her paintings are so large that she required scaffolding to work on them.[6][8] Painting in huge, unfussy brushstrokes, she is unconcerned with stray drips and blobs of paint, and sometimes leaves old outlines visible. A reviewer noted that "painting the heads up close also makes for large, wonky eyes and odd proportions, like Picasso re-invented in manga."[8]

In 2006, Colette Meacher, editor of the British magazine Latest Art, described Joffe's large paintings as "simply exquisite representations of femininity".[12]


Chantal Joffe is a figurative painter[13] who shows her unique element of distortion, humor and expressive contemporary portraitures in her figurative style. She is a portrayer of women’s breasts and naked bodies in many of her works. This is an indication that she feels a feminine liberation in expressing herself.[14] There is also an element of cynicism in the forward and sideward glances of some her subjects peering at the viewers. Joffe’s paintings are said to be painted as a result of her fascination for fashion models, “photos of friends, the work of other artists” and for women and children in realistic poses.[15]

Joffe’s work is reminiscent of Alice Neel with whom she was teamed up with in an art show and Joni Mitchell, the Canadian singer, songwriter and figurative artist.[16] All of whom are known for feminist statements in their art with images of equal representation of the sexes as the artist sees it.

Exhibitions and collections

Chantal Joffe's work has shown internationally in many exhibitions. She has had solo exhibitions in London, Milan, Venice, Paris, New York, Helsinki and Bologna.[6] Her work has also been featured in many group exhibitions.

In 2002, she participated in an exhibition entitled The Bold and The Beautiful, at The Pavilions, Mile End Park in London. This show marked the first time Chantal, her mother Daryll Joffe, and her brother Jasper Joffe were featured in an exhibit together.[17]

She won the £25,000 Charles Wollaston Award in the 2006 Royal Academy summer exhibition, for the "most distinguished work in the exhibition".[18] The winning painting was Blond Girl – Black Dress.[12][18] The judges praised the painting as "an incredibly strong and striking painting ... There was no debate about the winner, the decision was reached unanimously."[19]

Selected other group exhibitions include:[4][6]

Joffe's work is in the collections of Saatchi Gallery (London, England), Berardo Collection Museum (Lisbon, Portugal), Museo Arte Contemporanea Isernia (Isernia, Italy), Museo d'Arte Classica (Zola Predosa, Italy), and The West Collection (Oaks, Pennsylvania).[20] She is represented by the Victoria Miro Gallery in London and Galleria Monica De Cardenas in Milan and Zuoz.


  1. ^ Royal Academy of Arts: Chantal Joffe RA Elect | Artist | Royal Academy of Arts, accessdate: 29/08/2014
  2. ^ Sooke, Alastair (11 January 2016). "Chantal Joffe: 'I don't find men very interesting to look at'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  3. ^ Foley, Jack. "A bold and beautiful new exhibition". IndieLondon. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "Chantal Joffe CV" (PDF). Victoria Miro. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
  5. ^ a b "'Untitled', Chantal Joffe". Liverpool museums. Archived from the original on 11 October 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  6. ^ a b c d "Chantal Joffe - Artwork". The Saatchi Gallery. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  7. ^ a b McCartney, Stella (8 June 2009). "Chantal Joffe". Interview. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  8. ^ a b c Hake, Elaine (21 November 2005). "Larger than life". The First Post. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  9. ^ a b c Ingleby, Richard (19 April 1997). "Chantal Joffe, Victoria Miro Gallery". The Independent. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  10. ^ "Chantal Joffe". Mamma Roma. Archived from the original on 17 May 2006. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  11. ^ "Chantal Joffe". Victoria Miro. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  12. ^ a b Meacher, Colette (Autumn 2006). "Phenomenal Women" (PDF). Latest Art: 24. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  13. ^ Joffe, Chantal. "Chantel Joffe". Artspace. Phaidon. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  14. ^ McCartney, Stella. "Chantal Joffe". Interview Magazine. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  15. ^ Joffe, Chantal. "Chantel Joffe (British, born 1969)". ArtNet. ArtNet Worldwide Corporation. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  16. ^ Joffe, Chantal. "ISelf Collection". Whitechapel Gallery. Whitechapel Gallery 2017. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  17. ^ "The Bold and The Beautiful". Retrieved 13 December 2010.
  18. ^ a b "Prizes and prizewinners 2006 - Summer Exhibition". Royal Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  19. ^ "'Blonde Girl, Black Dress' Wins London Art Prize". Artinfo. 23 June 2006. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  20. ^ "Chantal Joffe - Biography". Artfacts.Net. Retrieved 12 December 2010.

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