Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Golden Woman

Golden Woman (2010)

Chantal Joffe
Victoria Miro

I had an amazing day yesterday walking from Gallery to Gallery, enjoying myself terrifically.
Chantal Joffe at the Victoria Miro Gallery filled we with excitement and inspiration. One does feel great when one identifies with what one sees. The Narcissist is in us all! 
I, by the way like to see myself as the "Golden Woman" and don't you dare question it:)

Chantal Joffe must have had an incredible productive 2010, as you can see all of these were painted then. Filled with powerful output she has painted true artists, writers and literate figures.
All the ones below that are "Untitled" has been ripped of their original title, WHY?
I love titles, it makes it all feel more important, like the artist put a lot of thought behind their work. 
Luckily the Gallery workers gave me their intended titles so I could share them with you.
Isn't it a lot more fun when you think of Susan Sontag, Lee Krasner... Emily Dickinson/Bronte... Even though these are actually taken from photographs in magazines, and does not resemble accurately the "Person".

Untitled (2010)

Untitled (2010)

Moll in the park (2010)

Blonde Girl in a Bikini (2010)

Couple Embracing (2010)

Untitled (2010)

Untitled (2010)
"Emily (Bronte/Dickinson)"

Untitled (2010)

These are large canvases all of them about 244 x 183.5 cm. 
I think this "Sarah" captured my attention the longest. Strong!

"Susan" (Sontag)

"Characterised by Joffe's fluid style and deliberate distortion of scale and form that exudes psychological and emotional force; the restricted palette adopted in this series of works results in a presentation that is both looser and freer. Left deliberately untitled, these works are not portraits of single personalities but rather paintings, loaded with symbolism, acknowledging the rich history of the creativity of women who have profoundly impacted literature, artistic practice, and cultural thought."
       - Victoria Miro

What do you say, can you identify? Which one is your favorite?

Thank you Chantal Joffe for giving me some great moments in your world of accomplished use of OIL.

With Love


  1. Gorgeous post!
    Love the bikini one!


  2. Wow love this, my fav is the first one.

  3. I really love "Moll in the park" piece. For some reason I find that piece really interesting. Thanks so much for this. Im so going to read more about her. So interesting. How is your day, darling? Kisses

    Ps: I’m hosting an amazing GIVEAWAY today! You can win 5 cool art posters!

  4. Gorgeous. Sarah caught my eye the most!

  5. Wow, beautiful pieces! I have to admit that I Love gazing through galleries as well. One of my favorite things to do when I'm visiting a place. It's like a gift in itself and you don't have to pay for anything! Unless you buy something... and we usually don't have a few extra thousand dollars to spend on a piece of art (yet.. one day!)

    Hope you have a wonderful day!

    That Girl in Pearls

  6. Fun to read your choices girls. Thank you:)

  7. Beautiful post ... A compliment, your columns on art are always interesting!
    Cheers and a lots of smiles! (((((((-:

  8. i really enjoy the couple embracing, its so much more complicated than the title lets on. you can't quite tell what she's thinking about and it seems the man is wondering himself, yet he cares so much.

  9. Very interesting paintings! Maybe I'll check it out when I come to London in a few weeks

  10. Wonderful. I think Lydia would have to be my fave.

  11. Very beautiful paintings! didnt know her...
    Great work!!!!

  12. I love titles on paintings, also. They seem more real and alive. Gotta love Goldan Woman. It just pops out. :)SArahD

  13. Those are all so amazing!!! I wanted to pick a favourite, but I don't think I can. ♥

  14. i liked Golden Woman the best. thanks for explaining Joffe's style. sometimes i see art that moves me but i can't quite explain how...but you always help me put things in perspective :)

  15. Amazing!!!!!Thank you very much!

  16. These are truly wonderful paintings. Golden Woman is my favorite although I love them all.
    I would never question you as Golden Woman. Never!

  17. Fascinating
    thank you for sharing