At Cheim & Read, Portraits of Women by Chantal Joffe

NEW YORK—Back in the city, visited a few Chelsea galleries yesterday and caught this show of striking portraits by British artist Chantal Joffe at Cheim & Read just before it closed.

Detail of “Blonde Wearing a Lace Collar.”

The series of new works captures women on larger-than-life canvases looking vulnerable, unique and attractive, at the same time slightly distorted. As the gallery notes, “Tension oscillates between the paintings’ ambitious scale and the intimacy implied in the posture and gaze of the women represented.” Joffe created the paintings working from photographs and fashion magazine images and also included self portraits in the exhibit.

The Chantal Joffe exhibit was on view through this weekend, from May 4 to June 23, 2012.

All photos by Arts Observer

“Self Portrait Sitting on a Striped Chaise Lounge,” 2012 (oil on board).

From left, “Woman in Red Flowered Dress” and “Blonde in Lace Coat” (both 2012, oil on board).

“Blonde Wearing a Lace Collar,” 2012 (oil on board).

“Woman in Striped Shirt,” 2012 (oil on board).

“Blonde with a Baby,” 2012 (oil on board).

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