Living in the Pacific Northwest, Aleah Chapin’s paintings feel like a reflection of the unique landscape. The way the blues mix with the greens, the way the waterways connect to the land; Seattle and the surrounding terrain… there is nothing like it on Earth. And that is the sort of balance, both figurative and abstract, that Chapin is painting. But somewhere in that landscape is a painter who paints flesh with such vivid accuracy, almost hyperreal, where you can’t tell if the figures are about to walk off the canvas. Mix that with her series of abstract and bold brush stroke surrealistic visions in her recent works, Chapin is a rare and evolving master.
On this episode of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, Chapin talks about her desire to be a mirror to both her feelings and the times we live in, the type of artist with the desire to bring to the surface her inner self and feelings. Earlier in 2022, her solo show in Hong Kong at Flowers Gallery, the gallery noted that the “renowned (painter is knownO for her unflinching nude portraits of older women, relatives, and friends.” Or, as Eric Fischl has put it, she is “the best and most disturbing painter of flesh alive today.” High praise, and let’s start here.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV’s Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 088 was recorded in early May 2022 in Seattle and Margate, England. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz