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Christopher Chippendale

Christopher Chippendale
Visiting Lecturer
Kennedy 509

Christopher Chippendale is an observational painter based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has been a member of the Painting faculty at MassArt since 1992. Chippendale is represented by Soprafina Gallery, Boston. He was born and raised in southern California.

Chippendale's paintings are based in perception, and reflect his ongoing interest in the nature and problems of perception, its representation, and the relations these have to the experience portrayed his paintings. The manner of these paintings—how they appear as well as how they are made—arises from his efforts to paint what he sees, stripped of preconceived notions.

Chippendale’s work extends a modernist tradition of perceptual inquiry and representation based upon the raw data of sight. He accepts as a condition of painting that appearances are fundamentally unstable and relational, that reality is subject to distortion both from without as well as from within. Still, however changeable appearances may be, he holds an implicit trust in what his eyes actually see.

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


  • 2015 - New Work, Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA 
  • 2014 - Boston International Fine Arts Show, Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 
  • 2014 - Pausing en Route: Aspects of Moment and Duration, 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 - 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