Diane Chappalley Swiss, b. 1991
Diane Chappalley, born in Switzerland, is a painter whose work depicts imagined fantasties. The sceneries in her work are rooted in reality and reflect her personal history. Translations of a sensory experience and suspended momentums of the minutiae are visual responses in which remove the viewer from the everyday monotony.
While inspired from intimate occurrences and often the countryside of Switzerland where she grew up, her work expands beyond this trajectory and is issued from the legacy of painting history, instead Diane’s work proposes a contemporary approach and aesthetic to our tradition, thematic romance within the landscape.
Diane’s landscapes reflect into our psyche and questions reality in our world where perception is challenged by our imagination. There is a pictorial language, exploring retention of paint with the use of colour, tactile gesture and an attention to surface, innovative forms are weighed into the sublime and rhythmic compositions. Beyond this language her imagery relieves meaning, collapsing content into form.
Diane Chappalley has held exhibitions internationally in the UK, Switzerland and Hong Kong. She graduated from her MA at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2017, where she was awarded the UCL Dean’s list prize, following on from her BA at City and Guilds of London Art School where she received The Chadwyck-Healey Prize for Painting (2015). Her work has been selected for many prestigious prizes including FBA Futures, Mall Gallery, London, and The Marmite Painting Prize, Block 336, London and Highlanes Gallery, Ireland. In 2017, she completed a residency at the Academy of Visual Art, HKBU in Hong Kong and more recently, she received the Alice Bailly Award, Switzerland.
Diane’s work is held in private collections internationally and is held in public collections including HSBC Art Collection, London, UK and Contemporary Art Collection CHUV, Switzerland.
The AuguriesDiane Chappalley, Anna Reading 26 Aug - 25 Sep 2021Informality is delighted to announce 'The Auguries' an upcoming duo exhibition between British artist Anna Reading and Swiss artist Diane Chappalley. 'The Auguries' will exhibit recent work created over the...
Diane ChappalleyBehind Closed Doors 15 Feb - 1 Apr 2020Informality presents ‘Behind Closed Doors’, a solo presentation of recent paintings by London-based artist Diane Chappalley. Can you paint a sunflower? On the surface of things, painting a sunflower might...
Saint-Sébastien/ne & the medicinal flowers, 2020Oil on Flax55 x 45 cm
21 5/8 x 17 3/4 in
The Year Without Summer, 2020Oil on flax70 x 60 cm
27 1/2 x 23 5/8 in
I cannot carry this body with me, it is too heavy, 2021Oil on Flax170 x 220 cm
66 7/8 x 86 5/8 in
Stone Flower V, 2021Ceramic12 x 12 x 10 cm
4 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 4 in
I saw me seeing myself , 2021Oil on Flax130 x 170 cm
51 1/8 x 66 7/8 in
Born: Switzerland, 1991
Lives and works: London
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS
2020 Behind Closed Doors, Informality, Henley on Thames, UK
2019 Between you and me, Le Salon Vert, Geneva, CH
2018 Mute Muet, HSBC Art Collection Space, London, UK
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 FIGHT or FLIGHT?, The Bakery, Roman Road Gallery, London, UK 2020 Waving in the distance, Terrace Gallery, London, UK
2019 Diane Chappalley & Georgia Sowerby, SET Space, London UK
2018 Alice Bailly Award, Espace CHUV, Lausanne, CH
2018 The present is already gone, Chalton Gallery, London, UK
2018 Radical Residency, Unit 1 Gallery / Workshop, London, UK
2018 FBA futures, Mall Galleries, London, UK
2017 Pond, Academy of Visual Art, Hong Kong University, HK
2017 Slade School of Fine Art MA Degree Show, London, UK
2016 Lynn Painter Stainers, Mall Galleries, London, UK
2016 Marmite Prize for Painting V, Block 336, London, UK
2016 Marmite Prize for Painting V Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland
2015 City & Guilds of London Art School, Degree Show, UK
AWARDS / RESIDENCIES
2018 Alice Bailly Award, Fondation Alice Bailly, CH
2018 Residency, Unit 1 Gallery / Workshop, London, UK
2017 Dean's list 2017, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, UK
2017 Olive Prize, Slade School of Fine Art, UK
2017 Residency, Academy of Visual Art, HKBU, Hong Kong, HK
2016 Herbert Seaborn Scholarship, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK
2015 The Chadwyck-Healey Prize for Painting, City and Guilds of London Art School, UK
2014 David Ballardie Award, Travel Prize, UK
2013 Roger de Grey, Drawing Prize, student vote, UK
HSBC Art Collection, London, UK
Contemporary Art Collection CHUV, CH