Chantal Spit (Losser, The Netherlands, 1971) received her education at the AKI in Enschede (1991-1996) and was was an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten Amsterdam in 2002 and 2003.
In 2002 she won the Buning Brongers Prize.
Three times she was a nominee for The Dutch Royal Prize for Painting in 2002, 2004 and 2005.
Her works were shown at various galleries, fairs and museums in The netherlands and abroad among which are: Rijksmuseum Twenthe. GEM The Hague, LUMC Leiden, Royal Palace Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam and ARCO Madrid.
In 2008 she was an artist in residence in Xiamen at the Chinese European Art Center.
Since 2014 she is a lecturer at undergraduate level at three departments of HKU: Fashion Design, Fine Art and Graphic Design.
In 2017 she started as a workshop facilitator at the Van Gogh Museum.
Besides that organises on and off workshops in her studio in Amsterdam and in nature for a select group of enthusiasts.
Chantal lives and works in Amsterdam.
Ever since Chantal started painting, people-particularly children-have played a central role in her work.Through the lives of others she aims to gain insight into what moves her. Her source material consists of both her own photos and photos she finds in magazines, old photo albums and the internet. Chantal composes new images by combining parts of these photos.
The uses her own realm of experience and reference and also calls upon the memory and experience of the viewer.
Chantal's painting method is direct. The paint is applied in such a way that the viewer can follow its path.
The visual perspective is somewhat unorthodox: sometimes from above, sometimes sideways or from behind, sometimes confrontational as the subject looks the viewer straight in the eye.
She employs an illusion of light: clear light in contrast to deep shadows, or a hint of light emanating from un unknown source.
Environments are often undetermined, a sense of time only suggested by a setting sun or a shadow thrown by a lamp.
The subjects of her paintings are often lost in their world.
With minimal image information she achieves a certain atmosphere and tells a story, creating a work that bubbles with internal tension.