Chantal Joffe: The Artist’s Mother

Wednesday 3 March – Sunday 8 August 2021
Chantal Joffe: The Artist’s Mother | Wednesday 3 March – Sunday 8 August 2021 | IMMA
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The Artist’s Mother is the latest project in a series of responses as part of the IMMA Collection: Freud Project 2016-2021. Inspired by Lucian Freud’s paintings of his mother, Lucie, this is the first presentation which interweaves digital and physical elements. Central to the project is the work of artist Chantal Joffe who has portrayed her mother, Daryll, in an exceptional series of paintings and pastels.

Viewable online here.

The exhibition The Artist’s Mother: Lucie and Daryll is the first time IMMA combines both a gallery display in the Freud Centre, alongside a digitally installed exhibition in a new virtual gallery space. In this series of 15 portraits, 6 in dialogue with Lucian Freud in the gallery and 13 in the virtual gallery space, with some of the portraits been shown in both spaces, Chantal Joffe provides insights into the unique bond between mother-subject and artist-child.

At the centre of this conversation are two of Freud’s most outstanding portraits of his mother The Painter’s Mother Reading (1975) and Painter’s Mother Resting I (1976), which form part of the Freud Project. The encounter is further explored online through conversations and contributions by poet Annie Freud, Lucian’s eldest daughter.

The project also includes a series of 22 specially produced short videos with artists, writers and creatives in various reflections on the theme of the mother, entitled The Maternal Gaze.

The Artist’s Mother presents a fascinating compilation of images, writing and voices that explore the role of mothers and carers in our lives, the bonds of creativity and intellect in the context of contemporary discussions of motherhood.

The exhibition is presented via Vortic ( or Vortic Collect in the App Store) and is the first time IMMA has digitally installed an exhibition, made possible thanks to collaboration with Victoria Miro who represent Chantal Joffe.

Chantal Joffe lives and works in London. She holds an MA from the Royal College of Art and was awarded the Royal Academy Wollaston Prize in 2006. Joffe had exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. Joffe brings a combination of insight and integrity, as well as psychological and emotional force, to the genre of figurative art.

Wednesday 3 March – Sunday 8 August 2021
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