About the Artist
Chantal Joffe brings a combination of insight and integrity, as well as psychological and emotional force, to the genre of figurative art. Hers is a deceptively casual brushstroke. Whether in images a few inches square or ten feet high, fluidity combined with a pragmatic approach to representation seduces and disarms. Almost always depicting women or girls, sometimes in groups but recently in iconic portraits, Joffe’s paintings only waveringly adhere to their source – be it a photograph, magazine page or even a reflection in the mirror – instead reminding us that distortions of scale and form can often make a subject seem more real.
Chantal Joffe discusses her commission for the new Elizabeth line station at Whitechapel
As part of the Crossrail Art Programme, Chantal Joffe will create a major new work for the station. Titled A Sunday afternoon in Whitechapel, it will be on view when the new Crossrail station opens in December 2018. Sketches, plans and models for the Crossrail Art Programme will be on display at the Whitechapel Gallery from March 2018. Film courtesy Crossrail.