Chambers Austelle is a contemporary figurative painter and educator living and working in Charleston, SC. Austelle is best known for her compositions of vivid color and women subjects. The isolated environments in which she places her subjects challenge the viewer to question the way beauty and women are perceived in our culture.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and most recently, she was awarded Best in Show at The City Gallery for “Piccolo Spoleto’s 2016 Juried Exhibition”. Austelle’s work has been featured in publications and blogs such as Expose Art Magazine, The Artist Catalogue, Fresh Paint Magazine, and The Jealous Curator.
I am exploring the complex way in which our society views women and their relation to beauty. Inspired by fashion photography and the evolution of the roles of women, I place idealized women in isolated settings saturated with bright colors, challenging the viewer to confront the dichotomy between the perception of liberation and that of confinement.