Chantal Westby is a leading female figure in USA in contemporary ink painting. She employs the use of Chinese ink and mixed media on paper or canvas to create entirely original work. Her paintings reflect the accomplishments of a seasoned of French master indebted to the riches of traditional Chinese painting and experimentation with western abstract expressionism.
Educated and formally trained in design, Chantal Westby creates an intuitive and energetic world of the imagination on her canvases.
In order to understand Chantal’s highly abstract compositions one must begin with an appreciation of her spiritual foundation, which she finds expressed in every aspect of our natural and contrived world. These range from the simplest peaceful and poetic landscapes to the more complex manifestations expressed, for example, in images ranging from those provided by the most powerful electron microscope to the immensity of the cosmos as depicted by the Hubble telescope.
She is an artist obsessed by the cosmos and its energy. Contemplating the celestial vault, and expressing the fruits of that contemplation on canvas is her attempt to answer several essential questions: where we come from, who we are, and where we are going. Basically, hers is an attempt to explain the existence of our world and of all its living inhabitants.
It is our imagination that enables us to endure our lowly, finite status and when that imagination is combined with Chantal’s talents of expression, wonderfully evocative works of art are the result. Perhaps as a tribute to her dual cultural roots, in her work she utilizes a full pallet of ink colors and natural pigments in combination with gold and silver leaf to produce works that suggest the peace that can exist within us despite the uncertainty and awe that the universe can inspire.
After a successful career in Paris, and after several years of study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Chantal has committed her life to aesthetics.
She lives and works in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, USA.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
BFA, Ecole Supérieure de la Haute Couture, Paris, France
From 2020 / Permanent artist at , EKKO GALERIE 15 rue Buhan . Bordeaux . France .
INVISIBLE LANDSCAPES, The ARTillerie Group, Bala Cynwyd - Curated by Maria Kraybill - 2019 , 15 rue Buhan . Bordeaux . France
FIAT#LUX - The Immersive Exhibition - Photography, Paintings, Multimedia
Represented by Agora Gallery, Chelsea ; New York city
Opening Sept.26th From Sept 26th/Oct.17th, 2017
SMSU Art Museum, Minonsota. Undefined Abstraction . Jan10th-March20th 2017
Present on ARTNET since dec. 2015
L'Officiel lounge; Le 69e Festival International du Cinéma de Cannes au FIVE SEASON HOTEL, France
From May 11 to 22 2016 , Collection AKARI, A l ‘encre de mon âme.
Art Hamptons. Long Island NY, 23-26 June 2016
Ringpfeil Gallery, Haverford PA. USA. Solo Exhibit
Galerie Beau Soleil, Espace Culturel Monaco May 2016, Solo Exhibit.
The Boscolo Palace Hotel, Nice, France. Collection Kaleidoscope Jan/ Apr 2016
The Bazemore Galllery, Dec 2015 - Philadelphia,PA
E-Moderne Gallerie in Philadelphia Solo exhibit, 12 Sep 2015
Expo Art Monaco, Monaco 9-13July 2015
The Bazemore Galllery, Feb /march 2015- Philadelphia,PA,Solo.
Salon Pierre Cardin, October 2014- Paris, France
Galerie La Véranda, Jan 2015, Beausoleil, Monaco. Solo.
Emerge Art Fair, October 2014 Washington DC, USA GRAND OPERA HOUSE, June 2012
Galerie Loic Vallée, October 2014 - Nantes, France, solo exhibit,
Expo Art Osaka July 12-13, 2014 - Osaka, Japan
The MOON, Festival Of Cannes, June 20 2014, Cannes, France
Art Expo Toronto April 10-13 2014 - Toronto, Canada
SAATCHI GALLERY, 2010-Present - London, UK
Festival of Cannes, May 2013, Hotel le Majestic , Cannes France.
AGORA GALLERY, May 2010-July 2011 - "The Apex of Transcendence", New York
Art expo, MAG 2012, GALERIE SCHOPART, Nov. 2012 “Kaléidoscope" Montreux, Suisse
B68 GALLERY, June 2013 Solo, “Kaleidoscope” Paris, France
PII GALLERY, Sept 2013 “Woman Mystery” solo exhibit Philadelphia, PA,
BEAUTY ART GALLERY, September 15 2012 “Wind And Air’’ Newtown Square, PA.
POPUPGALLERY - INLIQUID Art Design, Jan 2012 Tryptique collection’’ Bryn-Mawr, Pa.
GALERIE DES BEAUX ARTS, Feb 2012 “Light of Faith’’ - City Hall of Valenciennes, France
GRAND OPERA HOUSE, June 2012
GREEN ART, March 2012
IMMACULATA UNIVERSITY ART SHOW, May 2011
PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF FINE ART, May 2006-2011
MAIN LINE ART CENTER, October 2009
BRYN MAWR TRUST, March 2010
MERION ART CENTER, June 2010
NOSTOLOGY GALLERY, June-September 2010
MARGOT & CAMILLE, June, 2010/Nov. 2010
Saatchi, N.Y. Online “showdown” Feb., 2011, 2012, 2013
Philadelphia Sketch Club, “Absolutely Abstract”, Aug.-Sept. 2010, 2O13
2013 Honorable Mention for ”BEAUTY GLOWING”
IN THE MEDIAS
Monaco Matin , May 2016 and Nice Matin, "Un moment Haitien"
Presse Océan, Franck Rebois Nantes, France Oct 2014
La Voix du Nord, 3 publications Martine Kaczmarek, Feb 2012, 2013 ,
L’Observateur, Feb. 2012,
TV news, France Nord, l’Hebdo, Feb. 2013
Art Is Spectrum, The Chelsea perspective, March 2012
“The Humanitarians –Chantal Westby”
Radio campus 106.6 MH March 2012
"America, America": a French documentary that explores my emergence as a contemporary painter (6 episodes) French International TV 5, France 3, ARTE, June 2012,.
3 documentaries for NRJ 12 , 2014
“Money Matters”: Interview “Art as an Investment”, jan. 2015 and Dec. 2011, Host: Thomas Loughlin,
Philadelphia Public Television July 2011
Bonnie Squires, Journalist and TV Personality July 2011
"Wilde Idle" Cannes Film Festival 2011: provided paintings for set design
Guest at Cannes Film Festival 2013 / 2014 /2015 in the Majestic Hotel, the Carlton with the singer AKON , Alexandre Bodart Pinto , Bobby Kinbell and the actor Jimmy Jean Louis, Oscar winner: Typh Barrow, Christina DeRosa
Provided painting for the auction “ MISSION OPTIMISME EN HAITI” (supports Haiti education associations)
"A l'encre de mon Âme", 2016
Board member Circle Professional Of Philadelphia
Member of Global Philadelphia Association
Board member of From Here To Haiti and Ambassadress at Large for Haiti.