Chantal Joffe

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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. 

  • In Focus – Chantal Joffe: Story

     

    Accompanied by an artist’s book with a new text by Olivia Laing, Chantal Joffe’s exhibition Story features a number of paintings of the artist’s mother and considers issues of aging, motherhood and visibility, focusing particularly on the complex relationship between mother and child over time. 

     

    The exhibition is the third in a trilogy that began with a year of self-portraits, shown at Victoria Miro in 2019, followed by For Esme – with Love and Squalor, which captured the changing faces across the years of Joffe and her daughter, Esme, on view at Arnolfini, Bristol, in 2020.

  • Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

    12 February - 27 March 2022

    Unmasked

    An exhibition in Venice of works by Milton Avery, Jules de Balincourt, Hernan Bas, María Berrío, Chantal Joffe, Doron Langberg, Alice Neel and Celia Paul.

    Victoria Miro Venice
    4 June - 31 July 2021

    Chantal Joffe: Story

    Victoria Miro is delighted to present new works by Chantal Joffe. Story features a number of paintings of the artist’s mother and considers issues of aging, motherhood and invisibility, focusing particularly on the complex relationship between mother and child over time.

    Victoria Miro Gallery II
    24 February - 30 April 2021

    The Sky was Blue the Sea was Blue and the Boy was Blue

    An exhibition of work by 19 artists celebrating the colour blue, available online and on Vortic as part of The London Collective.

    Victoria Miro on Vortic
    17 November - 18 December 2020

    Chantal Joffe: Naked

    A series of large-scale pastel self-portraits by Chantal Joffe, viewable online and on Vortic Collect.

    Victoria Miro on Vortic
    11 April - 18 May 2019

    Chantal Joffe

    On view at Wharf Road are large-scale canvases depicting the artist’s family and friends, by the acclaimed British painter Chantal Joffe. Exhibition continues at Mayfair , featuring selections from a year of self-portraits completed during 2018.
    Victoria Miro Gallery II
    11 April - 18 May 2019

    Chantal Joffe

    On view at Victoria Miro Mayfair are selected self-portraits from a series begun in January 2018, by the acclaimed British painter Chantal Joffe. Exhibition continues at Wharf Road , featuring large-scale canvases depicting the artist’s family and friends.
    Victoria Miro Mayfair
    14 April - 19 May 2018

    Chantal Joffe: Pastels

    An exhibition of new and recent pastels by Chantal Joffe. This is the first exhibition by the artist comprising solely of pastel works on paper. It marks a return to Venice for Joffe who, between 1999 and 2011, exhibited four...
    Victoria Miro Venice
    22 January - 24 March 2016

    Chantal Joffe

    An exhibition of new work by Chantal Joffe, in which celebrated writers keep company with the artist's friends and family members. Practising painting and drawing as the loving collection of subjects, people met in the flesh and on the page,...
    Victoria Miro Mayfair
    19 March - 21 April 2011

    Chantal Joffe

    The exhibition centred around a powerful group of seven large-scale paintings where the artist restricted her palette to dark tones of black, red, blue and white. The works offer complex fictional portrayals of the artist's heroines painted chronologically and moving...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    22 June - 30 July 2010

    In the Company of Alice

    Group Exhibition
    'If you do not solve your painting problem in painting human beings, you do not solve it at all'. Gertrude Stein Hernan Bas, John Currin, Verne Dawson, Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, David Harrison, NS Harsha, Boscoe Holder, Chantal Joffe, Karen...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    24 June - 2 August 2008

    Chantal Joffe

    Chantal Joffe is well known for her expressive paintings of predominantly female figures. This latest exhibition will include an eclectic and wide-ranging group of subjects across two distinct bodies of new work. In the main gallery, Joffe continues to work...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    19 November - 17 December 2005

    Chantal Joffe

    Known for her expressive studies of women and children, these new large panels represent a move away from the intimacy characteristic of Chantal Joffe's previous work, and into a realm where the play between physical reality and imagery becomes more...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    4 April - 7 May 2003

    Chantal Joffe

    Women
    'Joffe is effortlessly fluent in her descriptions of human emotions through manipulated external appearances... she shows the inherent gormlessness to which we are all susceptible, no matter how cool, which reveals our greater humanity.' Neal Brown, Frieze Best known for...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    27 June - 15 September 2001

    Works on Paper

    Group Exhibition (From Acconci to Zittel)
    Giovanni Anselmo, Alex Katz, Lisa Yuskavage, Vito Acconci, Henry Moore, Dawn Mellor, Nicolas de Stael, Cecily Brown, Karen Kilimnik, Sue Williams, Inka Essenhigh, Rosemarie Trockel, John Currin, David Hockney David Smith, Paul Klee, Verne Dawson, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Stephen Willats, Terry...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    7 May - 30 June 2000

    Raw

    Group Exhibition
    Yayoi Kusama. Francesca Woodman, Robin Lowe, Adriana Varejão, Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Abigail Lane, Hadrian Pigott, Brad Lochore, Cecily Brown, Chris Ofili, Andreas Gursky, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Inez van Lamsweerde, Peter Doig, Thomas Demand, Stephen Willats, Dawn Mellor, Chantal Joffe,...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    12 January - 4 February 2000

    Chantal Joffe

    This show of recent work by Chantal Joffe continues the small individual figure studies for which she has enjoyed such success, but now with the addition of some larger works in which a number of figures appear together. This is...
    Victoria Miro Gallery II
    4 April - 2 May 1997

    Chantal Joffe

    'The paintings are small format works with a figure or figures, usually partially cropped. I would like to think they are making something beautiful out of something trashy and perhaps something scary out of normality.' Chantal Joffe, March 1997
    Victoria Miro Gallery II
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