Mia Chaplin



About

Mia Chaplin (b.1990 South Africa) is a painter who lives and works in Cape Town. Working in oil on canvas and paper, her highly expressive works are characterised by their rich impasto surfaces and visible brushstrokes. Chaplin’s most recent works emphasize a muted colour palette of pink fleshy tones and golden highlights. Consisting of still lifes, figure studies and landscapes, her work seems to meditate on the familiar. Her loose, erratic style of painting – synonymous with that of the impressionists – is intuitive, heightening the emotionality of her pieces. They communicate a sense of estrangement; reflecting a detachment between the self and her surroundings. Her works sway between voyeurism and intimate interaction, while remaining consistently self-referential.

Since completing her BFA at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town in 2011, Chaplin has hosted two solo exhibitions, Under a Boiling River (2017) and Binding Forms (2016), with WHATIFTHEWORLD. She has also recently extended her painting practice into printmaking, hosting a mini-exhibition of monotypes from the series, The Making of a Sharp Blade (2017), in collaboration with Warren Editions, Cape Town. Chaplin has completed artist residency programmes at Nirox Arts Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa (2016) and at OBRAS Foundation in Alentejo, Portugal (2015).

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 Under a Boiling River - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Johannesburg
2016 Binding Forms - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2014 Mia Chaplin: Ceremony, Salon 91, Cape Town
2011 Mia Chaplin: No Place, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Showroom, Galerie extérieure at Cité internationale des arts, Paris
2017 Lady Garden, Cavalli Wine Estate, Cape Town
You Leave Me with This?, No End Contemporary, Johannesburg
Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town
The Making of a Sharp Blade, Warren Editions, Cape Town
Nano, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town
2016 No Man’s Art Gallery, Tehran
South African Art Exhibition, Galerie Pat ries van Dorst, Netherlands
No Man’s Art Gallery, Shanghai
For What its Worth, No End Contemporary, Johannesburg
Sewing Paradise: a Sisterhood through Suzani, Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town
FUGLY, Die Voorkamer, Cape Town
Nano, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town
Cape Flower Show, The Castle, Cape Town
2015 Cape Town Art Fair, The Avenue, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Wet Paint, Die Voorkamer, Cape Town
Surface: Emerging South African Painters, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town
That Art Fair , The Palms, Cape Town
Paint it Black, Salon91, Cape Town
Out of Context, UJ Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Pink, Chandler House, Cape Town
New Voices 01 - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2014 Cubicle, Infecting the City Public Arts Festival, Cape Town
Cape Town Art Fair, The Pavillion, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg
Art in Red Light #10, Art Fair, Amsterdam
Florabunda, Die Voorkamer, Cape Town
SA Art Now, No Man’s Art Gallery, Amsterdam
2013 I’d Rather Be Swimming, Salon 91, Cape Town
One in a Million, Salon 91, Cape Town
In Good Company, Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town
Collections and Archives, Salon 91, Cape Town
Cape Town Art Fair, The Look Out, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
2012 Impression: Sunset, Salon 91, Cape Town
2010 First Edition, These Four Walls Gallery, Cape Town