Chase Westfall is an American artist, born in 1980. He is known for his paintings and sculptures which explore the connection between violence and the experience of fear.
In his works, the artist doesn’t refrain from painting graphic images of torn human and animal flesh, in addition to his geometric abstraction. His work is a meditation on brutality and terror. He is interested in finding out how the individual and collective experience of fear interlaces with the production of it. Westfall’s paintings and sculptures are a detached analysis of this topic, but at the same time, disturbing and brutal display of violence and dread.
He went to the University of Florida and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008. Westfall completed his studies by receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia in 2011.
Chase Westfall had a number of solo and two-person exhibitions, the last one being 2015 Terror Function, at 101/EXHIBIT Gallery in Los Angeles, California. He participated in many group shows in the United States and Germany.
He was Visiting Assistant Professor at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City from 2011 to 2013, and Instructor of Record at The University of Georgia in Athens from 2010 to 2011. He participated in numerous conferences, panels and lectures.
Featured image: Chase Westfall – Lattice (diptych) – detail, 2011
|2015||Terror Function||101 Exhibit Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Solo|
|2014||101 Exhibit @ Miami Projects||Miami, FL||Group|
|2014||Drawn & Quartered||FLA Gallery, Gainesville, FL||Group|
|2013||Faculty Exhibition||ETSU Tipton Gallery, Johnson City, TN||Solo|
|2013||Chase Westfall||101 Exhibit Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Solo|
|2012||Chase Westfall||ETSU Tipton Gallery, Johnson City, TN||Solo|
|2012||New APP||Gallery of the International Pavilion, Ulsan University, Ulsan, South Korea||Group|
|2012||LIVE-WORK||Twin Kittens Gallery, Atlanta, GA||Group|
|2011||Sea Worthy||Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY||Group|
|2011||Movers and Shakers||The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA||Group|
|2011||On Spirituality||Gallery 842, Marshall University, Huntington, WV||Group|
|2011||Reflections of Generosity||Patrick Henry Village Commons, Heidelberg, Germany||Group|
|2010||Gypsy Acid Queen||Twin Kittens Gallery, Atlanta, GA||Solo|
|2010||Two Bros||Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA||Solo|
|2010||Platonic Voyage, performance||Dugg Dugg Gallery, Charlotte, NC||Solo|
|2009||Platonic Voyage, performance||Alfred University, Alfred, NY||Solo|
|2009||Reflections of Generosity||Storck Barracks, Illesheim, Germany||Group|
|2009||Making Masters||Madison Museum of Fine Arts, Madison, GA||Group|
|2009||Reflections of Generosity||MWR Arts Gallery, Fort Drum, NY||Group|
|2009||Art Student Exhibition||ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY||Group|
|2009||Athica Emerges||Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA||Group|
|2008||Two Rooms||Down Home Gallery, Gainesville, FL||Solo|