My recent work is about my experience as a woman and mother.  While it feels very personal and isolated, the feelings of loss, desire, hope, sadness, fear, and bravery, are part of the human condition — they are universal.  I am interested in juxtapositions and contradictions.  In any depiction of what I see and experience, the contradictions help one another be true to their nature:  Flesh feeling transparent and fragile next to (or versus) the highly pigmented paint on a wall support and challenge one another; abstraction versus carefully rendered; focus versus blur; huge versus tiny; bold versus tender; hard versus soft; loud versus quiet.  These qualities existing simultaneously within one painting point to something intrinsic to the human experience.  Nothing is one way.  

I work from photographs that I take using a model, or a self-timer when working on self-portraits.  My model is a friend and a fellow mother.  When we get together for the photo shoots for paintings, it is also a chance to commiserate about the state of the world, talk about our children, parenting, being a woman, and also to lift each other’s spirits and help each other keep doing our good work.  The empathy I feel for other people is a crucial part of why I paint people, and also why I use photographic reference.  I find human relations so crucial to understanding my own existence, and so endlessly complicated and inspiring.  Using photographs allows me to focus on formal issues that help me to express my own ideas.  Having that degree of separation from my model’s experience is the only way that I can paint them the way that I do- simultaneously about myself.  

I have been painting with oil paint since I was 12 years old, which now makes 26 years.  I was always fascinated by the act of trying to show other people what I see and experience through my own eyes and mind.  It has not been until recently that I have started to consider the possibility of actually expressing myself in my paintings, rather than painting as a pure and isolated act that is just paint on a surface.  My life experience over the past three years has challenged me to be exceedingly honest with myself, to be brave and responsible for myself and my daughter.  The result is that I am not afraid to get personal in my work now.  I am able to speak to my experience as a woman, mother, daughter, painter, without being overly sentimental.  It is true that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  

CONTACT

 

chelsea.p.gibson@gmail.com

@chelseapgibson

EDUCATION

 

b. 1983

 

2010, MFA, Painting, Boston University, Boston, MA

2006, BFA, Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

1999, 2000, New York Studio School Drawing Marathon, New York, NY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019  "My Kitchen Table" Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY.  

2018  Chelsea Gibson: Interiors, 527 Madison Ave, New York, NY.  

2017  Chelsea Gibson, Solo Exhibition, The Smithy Pioneer Gallery, Cooperstown, NY

2017  "The Space Between", Walt Meade Gallery, Roxbury Arts Group, Roxbury, NY

2016  Blue Farm Antiques, Franklin, NY

2013  CANO Gallery, Oneonta, NY

2013 “People Like You” Solo Exhibition, Chenango Arts Council, Norwich, NY

2012  "New Work" Solo Exhibition, Lowe Mill, Huntsville, AL

2011 “FOR REAL”  Solo Exhibition, Public Space 1 Gallery, Iowa City, IA

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020  Ladies of Lyons Wier Gallery, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY

2019  SPF 32, Curated by Madeleine Mermall, William Ulmer Brewery, Brooklyn, NY

2019  Summer Sessions No. 26, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY

2018  Autumnal Group Exhibition, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY

2018  Summer Sessions No. 25, Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY

2017  Right Side Out: Self-Portraits, Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, ME

2017  Stagecoach Run, Freck-Beal Studios, North Franklin, NY

2017  Juried Exhibition, Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY

2016  New York Studio School Invitational, Juried Alumni Exhibition, New York, NY

2016  "Shelter" Bullet Space Urban Artist Collective, New York, NY

2016  "Interior Spaces" The Smithy Pioneer Gallery, Cooperstown, NY

2016  "Art of the Model" The Smithy Pioneer Gallery, Cooperstown, NY

2016  "Independent Spirit" Martin-Mullen Art Gallery, SUNY Oneonta, NY

2015  "Peripheries" More Art Space, Oneonta, NY

2015  "Contemporary Portraits"  Smithy-Pioneer Gallery, Cooperstown, NY

2015  "Conversation Pieces"  Fenimore Museum of Art, Cooperstown, NY

2015  "I Like These Together"  More Art Space, Oneonta, NY

2014  "Hatch"  More Art Space, Oneonta, NY         

2014  Group Exhibition, The Road Gallery, New York, NY

2014 “On Closer Inspection” The Smithy Pioneer Gallery, Cooperstown, NY 

2014 “National Juried Exhibition” Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY

2014 “Self-Portraits: Looking in the Mirror” Mural on Main Gallery, Hobart, NY

2013  Solo Exhibition, CANO Gallery, Oneonta, NY

2013 “Love at Home” Kate Alkarni Gallery, Seattle, WA

2013 “Person, Place, Thing” The Smithy Pioneer Gallery, Cooperstown, NY

2013 “Women Painting Women” Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN           

2012 “Two Painters Faculty Exhibition” University of North Alabama, Florence, AL

2012 “Red Clay Survey, 2012 Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art” Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL     

2012 “Women in Education” Sandridge Gallery, Athens, AL

AWARDS and PUBLICATIONS

2019  Hopkins Review Summer 2019 Edition 12.3

2018 "I LIKE YOUR WORK" Podcast by Erika Hess

2018 Gates of the West

2017 Studio Visit Magazine

2014 Mary Buckley Memorial Prize, National Juried Exhibition, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY

2010 Mini Grant Recipient, Iowa Arts Council, Iowa City, IA

2008-10 Constantin Alajalov Merit Scholarship, Boston University, Boston, MA

 

 

2010 - present

2010 - present