Chanel Khoury

Chanel Khoury

Born 1998, Rhode Island lives and works in Los Angeles. Khoury’s painting practice reimagines lost, once untouched worlds containing the beginnings and primal essence of humanity. Her artistic research delves into the history, present, and future of the birth of civilization, drawing from the interplay of paradoxes like the biotic and synthetic, ultimately birthing a novel reality.

While studying ancient monuments and traces left behind, in her quest Khoury seamlessly weaves the physical with her knowledge of philosophy, delving into theories such as the Objectification of the Will and Panpsychism. Her exploration mirrors a shared emphasis on uncovering a profound, underlying reality that transcends mere physical appearances.

Technically rigorous, Khoury digitally constructs worlds imbued with godlike qualities, simultaneously familiar and uncharted, akin to mirages. She then meticulously hand-paints and relearns these images on canvas in oil, paying homage to ancient tactile craftsmanship and revitalizing digital and untouched realms through one of the oldest forms of artistic expression. Reflections within her work oscillate between reality and fragmentation. For this exhibition, Khoury’s work is a long, lateral composition, bathed in faint heliotropic purples, whispers of blues reflected and cold chrome whites. A shiny world bends in space, a silver orb floating in its midst.

Khoury earned her BFA from New York University in 2020, along with a degree in philosophy. Solos include Loyal (Stockholm), Over the Influence (Los Angeles). Group exhibitions include K11 Musea (Hong Kong), Friends Indeed (San Francisco), ICA Miami New Acquisitions (Miami), among others. Khoury’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami (Miami), Pond Society (Shanghai), and X Museum (Beijing).

Solo exhibitions

Pure Boy, LOYAL, Stockholm, Sweden
Supera, Over the Influence, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions

LOYAL @ El Royale II

Descendants, Curated by Melanie Lum, Micki Meng, and Kevin Poon, K11 Musea, Hong Kong

Vaster than Empires, Friends Indeed, San Francisco, CA
House Parté II: The Final Salé, Palm Springs, CA
ICA Miami New Acquisitions

Home Alone 2: Lost in Miami, Curated by Will Leung, Surface Magazine, Miami, FL

The Life of Objects, 80WSE Honors Thesis Show, New York, NY

The Commons, NYU group show, New York, NY