Featuring a specially commissioned painting, this exhibition showcases the work of Chantal Joffe, one of the most distinctive artists working in Britain today.

Premiering at The Lowry’s cross-arts festival Week 53, Personal Feeling is the Main Thing is leading British figurative painter Chantal Joffe’s first solo exhibition in the North of England.

Reflecting Week 53’s ‘Coming of Age’ theme, which commemorates The Lowry’s 18th anniversary, Joffe’s starkly intimate and humorous portraits capture transitional periods in women’s lives; their transformations in adolescence and motherhood.

Four paintings by pioneering German painter Paula Modersohn-Becker have been selected by Joffe to be exhibited alongside her work; one of the first women to paint a nude self-portrait, Modersohn-Becker had many of her works posthumously destroyed in Nazi Germany and featured in the infamous 1937 Degenerate Art Exhibition.

Together, the two artists’ work confronts the small enormities of the physically and emotionally complex human state.

This exhibition is part of RA250, supported by Art Fund.

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