by Aleah Chapin
Oil on canvas
1470 x 965 mm
At the BP Portrait Award 2012 Awards Ceremony on 19 June 2012 the First Prize was awarded to Aleah Chapin for Auntie.
Brooklyn-based Aleah Chapin has just completed a MFA in painting at the New York Academy of Art. She gained her BFA at Cornish College of the Arts in her native Seattle and attended a residency at the Leipzig International Art Programme in Germany in 2011. A recipient of several awards including the Posey Foundation Scholarship, Judith Kindler and Kyle Johnson Scholarship for Innovation in the Arts, and nominated for the Joan Mitchell MFA Grant, Chapin’s work has been included in solo and group shows in the US and Europe.
Her portrait is of a close friend of the family and is part of a series of nude portraits of women Aleah has known all of her life. She says: ‘The fact that she has known me since birth is extremely important. Her body is a map of her journey through life. In her, I see the personification of strength through an unguarded and accepting presence.’
Auntie by Aleah Chapin, 2012
© Aleah Chapin