2013 Elected as a Royal Academician 1992-1994 Royal College of Art, London, MA 1988-1991 Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, BA
Royal Academician, Chantal Joffe is known for her intimate, insightful and strikingly painted portraits of women. Ranging in scale from a few inches square to monumental canvases, her iconic depictions, which are often personal and imbued with humour, testify to the concerns and mores of women from diverse walks of life. She manages to capture a psychological and emotional force within her deceptively casual brushstrokes on a two-dimensional surface.
For Cure3 we are honoured to be presenting Joffe’s first wax sculptural piece for sale, entitled Self Portrait (wax head). This work, akin to her paintings, is full of emotion and reveals the artist’s hand. Chantal says about the work: “I made this work in my studio just before lockdown began in March, and which now feels like a million years ago. While making the work I was thinking about Degas and his wax sculptures, and I only had myself to work from (as so often). I long to be able to work from a model or even a dancer. I like working with wax which is difficult and hard to move unlike clay which I always find too soft.”