A woman walks along a path as if she is about to walk straight out of the painting. She appears to be in close proximity to the viewer, yet seems oblivious to our presence: is she day-dreaming or deep in thought, or is she intently observing another person from a distance? Her striking auburn hair seems to sing out from the painting and is repeated by the dark orange hue of her legs. The identity of the woman remains anonymous, despite her apparent familiarity.
Chantal Joffe was born in St Albans in 1969 and began her art training with a foundation course at Camberwell College of Arts, London, in 1987. After completing her graduate and post-graduate studies at the Glasgow School of Art (1988-1991) and the Royal College of Art, London (1992-1994), she was awarded a two-year Delfina Studio Trust Award in 1994. She undertook further study with an Abbey Scholarship at the British School of Rome in 1998. In 1991 she was awarded the Nat West 90's Prize for Art, and since then she has exhibited in a wide range of solo and group exhibitions in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Venice and New York, including 'New Contemporaries' at the Camden Arts Centre, London, in 1996; and 'Girl' at the New Art Gallery, Walsall, in 2000.
Chantal Joffe was born in St Alban’s, Hertfordshire in 1969, and completed a foundation course at Camberwell School of Arts, London in 1987. After further study at the Glasgow School of Art (1988-91) and the Royal College of Art, London (1992-94) she was awarded a two-year Delfina Studio Trust Award in 1994; and an Abbey Scholarship at the British School of Rome in 1998. In 1991 she was awarded the Nat West 90’s Prize for Art, and since then she has exhibited in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Venice and New York, including New Contemporaries at the Camden Arts Centre, London in 1996; and Girl at the New Art Gallery, Walsall in 2000. Recent paintings primarily focus on generic portraits of women and girls. Joffe lives and works in London.
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