Big Head , 2019, oil on board cChantal Joffe Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro

Big Head , 2019, oil on board cChantal Joffe Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro

CHANTAL JOFFE

WHERE? Victoria Miro Gallery, 16 Wharf Road, Islington, London N1 7RW

and Victoria Miro Gallery, Mayfair, 14 St George Street, London W1S 1FE 

Free admission

WHEN? 11th April - 18th May 

WHY GO? To discover two versions of her unique style of portraiture, raw and some might say unsettling, but seriously fashionable right now. Stella McCartney, amongst other fashion luminaries, is a big fan.

In Mayfair, this Award winning figurative artist paints herself as a challenge to record personal highs and lows and in Islington she paints her daughter and other teenagers reflecting all emotions from angst to confidence.  

Bold, expressive and modern, some are large scale (she needed a ladder to paint), and some tiny, but both reinforcing the fact that opposites do attract.

IN THE KNOW  Victoria Miro’s lofty Wharf Road space, has to be seen to be appreciated . Behind an uninspiring door is a gallery that surprises.  Visit via a canal-side stroll stopping off at one of Islington’s many famous boozers on the way like the award-winning Duke of Cambridge gastropub and make a meal of your arty outing.