ABOUT CHANTAL WESTBY
Chantal Westby creates works of art that not only speak of her own
memories but also encourage the spectator to investigate their own.
The artist attributes her vision to her desire to encourage a visual
dialogue between the spectator and herself. She accomplishes this
task through her large-scale acrylic and multimedia paintings. Her
compositions elevate recognizable forms and subjects to an abstract
level, stripping them of their tangible boundaries and allowing
them to exist in their most organic state.
Westby furthers this abstract quality by altering the perspective,
often presenting her depicted scenes in a di sotto in sù
style. In doing so, she creates a field of depth that allows the
spectator to look up into the compositions toward illusionistic
upper thresholds, intensifying the emotions captured on the canvas
Born in France, Westby migrated to the United States
in the 1980s and has actively painted in Pennsylvania since her
arrival. She studies at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia
and Main Line Art Center in Haverford, PA.