Chantal Joffe
Man with a Drink, 2008
Oil on canvas
186 x 186 cm

Chantal Joffe RA (b.1969, St. Albans, Vermont) lives and works in London. Possessing a humorous eye for everyday awkwardness and an enlivening facility with paint, Joffe brings a combination of insight and integrity to the genre of figurative art. Hers is a deceptively casual brushstroke. Joffe’s paintings only waveringly adhere to their photographic source, instead reminding us that distortions of the brush or pencil can often make a subject seem more real. Joffe questions assumptions about what makes a noble subject for art and challenges what our expectations of a feminist art might be. She ennobles the people she paints by rehabilitating the photographic image but, crucially, recognises that it is paint itself rather than attendant sociopolitical ideas that gives her paintings complexity and keeps us looking. She holds an MA from the Royal College of Art and a BA from Glasgow School of Art and was awarded the Royal Academy Wollaston Prize in 2006. Joffe has exhibited nationally and internationally at Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (2014 – 2015); Saatchi Gallery, London (2013 – 2014); MODEM, Hungary (2012); Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow (2012); Victoria Miro (2011, 2008, 2005, 2003 and 2000, all solo); Il Capricorno, Venice (2011, solo); Turner Contemporary, Margate (2011); Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York (2009); University of the Arts, London (2007); MIMA Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (2007); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2005); Galleri KB, Oslo (2005) and Bloomberg Space, London (2004). She has upcoming solo exhibitions in 2015 at Cheim & Read, New York, Jewish Museum, New York and Jerwood Gallery, Hastings. She was elected a Royal Academician in 2013.