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Aleah Chapin

Artist Statement

“I’m interested in the texture of things; physical, emotional and psychological. My aim is to see people and the world in as honest a way as I can, and then to translate what I see and feel through the intentional act of painting.”


Born in 1986, Aleah Chapin’s work unfolds from a childhood spent in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. With friends and family as her models, Chapin's paintings are personal and diaristic, yet also explore universal human narratives about what it means to inhabit a body in this world.

Chapin received her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2009 and her MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2012, followed by a Post Graduate Fellowship. She has attended residencies at the Leipzig International Art Program in Germany and the McDowell Colony in New Hampshire. Recent exhibitions have included the 2016 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; Aging Pride, Belvedere Museum, Austria; and a solo exhibition, What Happens at the Edge, at Flowers Gallery in New York. She has been a recipient of the Willard L. Metcalf Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, and won the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2012. She also was a lecturer in The Bennett-Schmidt Lecture Series on the Higher Aim of Art.