WESTBY & MERCIER STUDIO
Based in Philadelphia, USA
Tel: +1 610 613 9619
"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."
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". "
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.
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
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 La Voix du Nord
2012 Art Is Spectrum, The Chelsea perspective
2012 Radio Campus France
2017 Art E-Book "Fiat#Lux"
2016 Art Book "À l'Encre de mon Âme"
2015 Art Book "Akari"
2014 Art Book "Tryptiques"
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