Lot  068 Ravenel Autumn Auction 2023

Ravenel Autumn Auction 2023

Domestic Landscape

Jonathan CHAPLINE (American, 1987)


Acrylic and Flashe on panel

61.6 x 78.7 cm


TWD 1,000,000-1,500,000

HKD 244,000-366,000

USD 31,300-46,900

CNY 228,000-342,000

Sold Price

TWD 1,140,000

HKD 282,878

USD 36,225

CNY 259,091


Signed reverse CHAPLINE and dated 2017

Beers London, London
Private collection, Los Angeles
Private collection, USA
Sotheby's, New York, November 18, 2020, lot 201
Ravenel, Taipei, December 4, 2021, lot 062
Acquired from the above by the present owner

75 Works on Paper, Beers London, London, November 17-December 19, 2017


Jonathan Chapline, born in 1987, is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. His work perfectly embodies the practice of "3D rendering" technology in contemporary art creation. Chapline describes his creative spirit as "Pushing the boundaries between the digital and the physical", capturing the first impressions of his artwork with a significant clash of magenta and indigo color schemes. His work seems to visualize the concepts of synth-wave electronic music, projecting virtual ideas into the material world in a way that is filled with a sense of the future and surreal psychedelia.

Reviewing Chapline's trajectory, it becomes apparent that around 2015, he began to utilize computer-generated imagery and modeling techniques. Within the context of a multidimensional virtual world, he could transcend traditional limitations in terms of lighting and spatial arrangement. By segmenting space into geometric panels and employing gradients of color, he introduced a new visual experience that softened the typically stark, linear aspects of his work, infusing it with a sense of freshness and innovation.

In conceiving the themes of his artwork, the artist follows traditional subjects such as still life, interior spaces, and human figures. These themes serve as the foundation to guide viewers into the realm of non-reality. The artist collects photographs of luxury homes from early architectural magazines and combines them with modern computer graphics techniques. The fusion of retro elements and classical subjects with a technological sensibility creates a meeting point between the past and the future, ultimately arriving in the viewer's field of vision. Perhaps the artist is indirectly addressing the interpretation of "time and space," suggesting that only "people" are the ultimate answer to this conundrum.

In 2017, Jonathan Chapline held an exhibition titled "House Work" at VICTORI+MO Gallery (now +DINNER). He broke away from the conventions of the "white cube" and transformed the exhibition space into an "Electric Indigo" environment, connecting the use of color in his artworks with his conceptual ideas. Chapline openly acknowledges that contemplating the works of master painters such as Picasso, Matisse, and Cézanne is an important part of his creative process, which is evident in his three-dimensional sculptures, particularly in his humanoid sculptures. In March 2023, NANZUKA Gallery hosted Jonathan Chapline's solo exhibition titled "Metropolis," featuring a fountain sculpture that embodies this artistic style. The use of thick panels in the sculpture creates a sense of volume, and the exaggerated poses of the humanoid figures combined in a dramatic way, making it a compelling part of the exhibition.
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Ravenel Autumn Auction 2023

Saturday, December 2, 2023, 4:00pm