CHANTAL WESTBY

WESTBY & MERCIER STUDIO

Based in Philadelphia, USA

E-mail:  chantal.westby@gmail.com

Tel:  +1 610 613 9619

Web:  www.chantalwestby.com

Instagram:  @chantal_westby_art

BIO

 

"The nature of life on Earth and the search for life elsewhere are two sides of the same question - the search for who we are."

Carl Sagan.

        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.

"I freely admit to being called an artist obsessed by the topic of waste in our world and in the cosmos, we are just beginning to explore.

My fascination about creation and art as a language of communication to express all my passion in contemplation of the celestial vault, and expressing all the fruits of that contemplation on canvas is my attempt to answer those essential questions: "where do we come from, who are we, and where are we going?"

Basically, it is an attempt to explain the existence of our world and of all its living inhabitants.

The newest body of my artwork "Farewell to our Starry Nights" is a call to action designed to bring to the attention of the public a knowledge of the degradation of our Cosmos and of our planet, resulting from the confluence of the political environment, seemingly unconcerned with climate change with its resultant extreme weather and decimation of wildlife, and the loss of our starry nights due to light pollution and the rapid proliferation of "space junk" in our heavens.

My only hope is that my art project will help raising awareness for this cause. This is a true emergency.

I have always been an "engaged" artist, as well as my associate Lénaïc Gasquet Mercier, in one of our favorite recurring topics: reflections on "space junk" and "Global Warming". "

FIAT#LUX - Chantal wesbty by Lénaïc G. Mercier
 

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.

 

She lives and works in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania, USA.

EDUCATION

2006-2011   Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia - USA

2006-2011   Main Line Art Center, Haverford - USA

1978-1981     BFA, Ecole Supérieure de la Haute Couture, Paris - France

MAIN SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2019   "Kaleidoscope" and "Akari", Ekko Galerie, Bordeaux - France

2019   "Global Warning", Alliance Française de Philadelphie, Philadelphia - USA

2019   "Incandescent", Delice & Chocolat, Ardmore - USA

2017   "Fiat#Lux - An Immersive Exhibition", Agora Gallery, New York City - USA 

2016   "Akari - À l'Encre de mon Âme", Festival de Cannes - The Four Seasons l'Officiel Art Lounge, Cannes - France

2016    "After the Storm", Ringfeil Gallery, Haverford - USA

2016    "Kaleidoscope", Galerie Beau Soleil Espace Culturel, Monaco - France

2016    "Kaleidoscope", The Boscolo Palace Hotel, Nice - France

2015    Art Show, The Bazemore Galllery, Philadelphia - USA 

2015    "After the Storm", E-Moderne Gallery, Philadelphia - USA  

2015    "Light of Faith", The Bazemore Galllery, Philadelphia - USA

2015    "Akari", Galerie La Véranda Beausoleil, Monaco - France

2014    "Kaleidoscope", Galerie Loïc Vallée, Nantes, France

2013    "After the Storm", Majestic Hotel Festival de Cannes, Cannes - France

2013    “Kaléidoscope", B68 Galerie, Paris - France

2013    "Woman Mystery", PII Gallery, Philadelphia - USA

2012     "Wind And Air’’, Beauty Art Gallery, Newtown Square - USA 

2012    “Light of Faith’’  Galerie des Beaux Arts de la Mairie,Valenciennes - France

2010   "The Apex of Transcendence",  Agora Gallery, New York City - USA

2010    Nostology Gallery, 

2010    Margot & Camille

2009   Art Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford - USA
 

 

MAIN GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020  "Agility", Together We Art - Caritative Art Fair to the benefits of LP4Y, New York City - USA

2020  "Invisible Landscapes" , The ARTillerie Group, Bala Cynwyd - Curated by Maria Kraybill, Philadelphia - USA

2017    "Undefined Abstraction", SMSU Art Museum, Minnesota - USA

2016    "Asian Touch" Art Hamptons, Long Island - USA

2015    The Bazemore Galllery, Philadelphia - USA 

2015    Expo Art Monaco, Monaco - France

2014    Salon "Business Art", Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris - France

2014    Emergent Art Fair, Grand Opera House, Washington DC - USA

2014    Art Osaka, Osaka - Japan

2014    The Moon Art, Festival de Cannes, Cannes - France

2014    Art Expo Toronto,  Toronto, Canada

2012    “Kaléidoscope",  Mag Art expo, Galerie SchopArt, Montreux - Suisse

2012     InLiquid Art Design, Pop-Up Gallery, Bryn-Mawr - USA

2012     Art Fair, Grand Opera House, Washington DC - USA

2012    Green Art

2011     Immaculata University Art Show, Malvern - USA

2010    Art Show, Bryn Mawr Trust, Bryn Mawr - USA

2010    Art Show, Merion Art Center, Merion - USA
 

 

SPECIAL PROJECTS

2019   "Global Warning - An Interactive Exhibition", Alliance Française de Philadelphie, Philadelphia - USA

2019   "Living Art", multimedia concept developed with Lénaïc G. Mercier

2017   "Fiat#Lux - An Immersive Exhibition", Agora Gallery, New York City, USA 
 

 

MAIN PRESS REALEASES

2020   La Voix du Nord

2019    Huffington Post France

2018    French Quarter Magazine

2017    The Brooklyn Rail

2016    Monaco Matin and Nice Matin

2015    La Voix du Nord

2014    Presse Océan

2014    Ouest France

2013    France Nord TV,  l’Hebdo

2013    La Voix du Nord
2012    L’Observateur

2012    La Voix du Nord

2012    Art Is Spectrum, The Chelsea perspective

2012    Radio Campus France

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

2017    Art E-Book "Fiat#Lux"

2016    Art Book "À l'Encre de mon Âme"

2015    Art Book "Akari"

2014    Art Book "Tryptiques"

 

 

TV APPEARANCES

2004 to 2012    "America, America"   -  French-Belgian documentary that explores my emergence as a contemporary painter (6 episodes) 

2012 to 2013      Documentary film for French channel NRJ 12 (3 episodes)

2015    “Money Matters” - Interview “Art as an Investment"

2011     Philadelphia Public Television

2011     Bonnie Squires TV show

2011    “Money Matters”  TV Show