Bree Chapin is a painter and visual artist based between New York City and Lisbon. Her portraiture and figurative work is known for its provocative themes and use of bright, aggressive color—primarily fluorescent pink. Bree’s work has appeared regularly in galleries and other art spaces around New York City for over a decade (exhibition list). She has also built a reputation as a creative and competent curator, organizer, and producer of art events (CV).
My current body of work explores multi-faceted moments of the human experience through portraiture and still life. I want to capture the sometimes hazy, fleeting moments of being—especially in times of revelry, excess, and heightened emotion. To bring these images to life I have abandoned all other colors for an aggressive, yet dreamy mono palette of fluorescent pink.
While in the past I had explored visual expression through a variety of vehicles including mixed media and collage, I have in recent years returned to my natural resonance found in the immediacy of painting.
Bree’s paintings are known for suggestive imagery and delirious all-pink palette. She has spent years creating work in this single color, forsaking all others. As the artist explains, “pink is at once loud and aggressive yet hazy and dreamy. It’s punk rock and strawberry shortcake. I am captivated by the aesthetic, physical, and symbolic qualities of the color. There is a power in pink, a history—and it has never once cared what we think of it.”