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Christopher Chippendale

Christopher Chippendale
Visiting Associate Professor
Kennedy 509

Christopher Chippendale is an observational painter based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has been a member of MassArt's Painting faculty for thirty-one years.  Locally, he is represented by Soprafina Gallery, Boston. 

Chippendale's paintings are based in observation and reflect his ongoing interest in the nature and problems of perception and its representation.  He holds an implicit trust in what his eyes actually see, while accepting as a condition of painting that appearances are fundamentally unstable and relational, and that reality is subject to distortion both from without as well as from within.  This paradox interests the artist because it mirrors the complexity of what is seen and experienced in the untidy world of appearances.

MFA in Painting, Boston University; BFA in Painting, MassArt; BA in French and French Literature, Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT
Industry Experience: 


  • 2022 - Blue, Yellow, and Red: Disjuncture in the Everyday. Christopher Chippendale, Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA   (With 20% of proceeds from sales donated to the World Food Program)
  • 2020 - Living on Earth. Christopher Chippendale, New Work. Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA
  • 2018 - What Is, Is Now. Christopher Chippendale, New Work. Soprafina Gallery
  • 2015 - New Work, Christopher Chipppendale. Soprafina Gallery 
  • 2014 - Boston International Fine Arts Show, Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts
  • 2014 - Pausing en Route: Aspects of Moment and Duration, Christopher Chippendale. Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA
  • 2014 - Sight Specific: A Selection of American Perceptual Paintings, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
  • 2013 - AD20/21: Art and Design of the 20th and 21st Centuries, Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts
  • 2012 - Christopher Chippendale, Selected Works 1987--2012, Gann Academy, Waltham, MA
  • 2012 - Galvanized Truth: A Tribute to George Nick, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA
  • 2011 - Fluidity in Focus, Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA



  • 2014 - Juror, Copley Society of Art, Boston. Members' Show: "Shimmer" 
  • 2012 - Guest Lecturer, MCAD, “Fluidity in Focus: Paradoxes in Perceptual Painting” 
  • 2011 - Cambridge Arts Council Grant, Cambridge, MA 
  • 2007 - Juror, 52nd Annual Festival of the Arts, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA 
  • 2001 - St. Botolph Club Foundation Grant, Boston, MA
  • 2001 - Juror, Members Annual Juried Exhibition, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA      
  • 1997 - Blanche E. Colman Award, Boston, MA  


  • Kenyon C. and Mary Rose Bolton   
  • Nicholas P. and Marjorie Greville 
  • Mary and Gary M. Pforzheimer 
  • Jeremy H. and Heather Pozen 
  • Judith M. Rockefeller 
  • Genevieve St. George 
  • Paul D. Sullivan 
  • Frances and Charles A. Webb