Chloe Sells

  • Horizon line

    Horizon line

    Liberty Dye, Wallpaper* online December 2, 2016

    Opening tomorrow at London's Michael Hoppen Gallery, ‘Measuring Infinity’ – on view until 23 December – is a solo exhibition from photographer Chloe Sells, who spent the last two years documenting the heart of Botswana’s Kalahari Desert, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan. Sells plays with alchemic processing in the darkroom, helping her large-format photographs bring new life to the arid landscape. The artist’s experimentation with hand drawing and paint renders a new perspective on landscape photography; though the horizon line, seen in each work, creates an understanding between the fixed and altered layers.

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  • Swamp: Psychedelic photography series pops with an explosion of technicolour

    Swamp: Psychedelic photography series pops with an explosion of technicolour

    GOST BOOKS April 7, 2016

    Photographer Chloe Sells splits her time between Botswana and London – the former of which serves as inspiration for this glorious series of photographs entitled Swamp.


    Her process involves making large format negatives of photographs of the swamp that surrounds her house in Botswana. Back in London she experiments in the darkroom and studio to produce vibrant and unique images that communicate her sense of place in southern Africa.


    We were totally blown away by the vibrancy of the images, which are more akin to paintings or digital renderings than photography.

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  • Prism Launches Worldwide Pop-ups Featuring Chloe Sells Art

    Prism Launches Worldwide Pop-ups Featuring Chloe Sells Art

    Samantha Conti, WWD July 22, 2015

    HOT STUFF: London brand Prism, which has rapidly moved from eyewear into clothing and accessories, plans to beach hop this summer with a series of pop-up shops in resorts ranging from Bali to Mykonos to Venice Beach. The five pop-ups will stock the brand’s swimwear, beachwear, footwear, sunglasses and accessories, and showcase original photographic art by Chloe Sells.

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  • Cokaygne by Chloe Sells

    Cokaygne by Chloe Sells

    Escapade Online January 17, 2014

    A grey overcast Friday morning demands some bright, colourful artwork to cheer things up a bit. This striking images are by Chloe Sells, an American photographer now based between London and Maun, Botswana.

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    Jessica Bunyard, Hunger TV August 11, 2013

    he latest show at Michael Hoppen Contemporary presents new works by Chloe Sells, in her first solo show at the gallery. The work is informed by Sells’ travel abroad to countries previously unknown to her. Through this she explored how places are defined, experienced and whether this is continuously shifting or static.

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  • Why I Like This… By Chloe Sells

    Why I Like This… By Chloe Sells

    Media Space Online July 10, 2013

    Chloe Sells is a photographer and her exhibition Senescence is on display at Michael Hoppen Contemporary until 31 August 2013. 

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  • Photographic journey is something to write home about...

    Photographic journey is something to write home about...

    Rob Wilkes, We Heart July 3, 2013

    When we say Chloe Sells has been around a bit, we mean it in the politest possible way; the American born artist has travelled extensively and uses her experiences to shape and direct her work. Her most recent collection Senescence (that’s biological ageing to you and me) uses a combination of photographic negatives and post-processing techniques to create the unusual effects of colour and light that distort the tableaux of her handmade prints. Sells uses still life as the basis for her compositions, the decaying organic material is chosen as a symbolic substitute for her experiences of a place.

  • Chloe Sells

    Brad Feuerhelm, Photomonitor June 29, 2013

    Somewhere between David Lynch’s “Candy Colored Clown” reference as a nightmare-induced liminal performance piece and the Instagram nation’s slow and enduring chromophilia lies a land of disquiet where the analog color saturation and the similarly enduring still life coalesce into the apocryphal natural beauty and lucid visions of Chloe Sells

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  • Portfolio: Chloe Sells

    Portfolio: Chloe Sells

    Robert Epstein, Independent June 22, 2013

    A matter of life and death

    The town of Maun in north-western Botswana lies just south of the Okavango Delta. A vast inland body of water planted in the even vaster Kalahari, it teems with life – but the heat and humidity of the savannah also accelerate the cycle of growth towards decay and death.

    It is a cycle prominent in the work of Chloe Sells. Born in Colorado, the photographer settled in Botswana with her South African husband 12 years ago, and her new project, Senescence, uses the traditional form of the still-life to explore her personal experiences of the country.



    Collection Magazine Online June 21, 2013

    Michael Hoppen Contemporary is delighted to present a new series of photographic works by Chloe Sells titled Senescence.This exhibition marks the first solo show of Sells’ work at Michael Hoppen Contemporary. 

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  • Senescence by Chloe Sells, London, 20 Jul – 31 Aug 2013

    Senescence by Chloe Sells, London, 20 Jul – 31 Aug 2013

    Insignia Online June 17, 2013

    This week sees the opening of Chloe Sells’ first solo photography exhibition at Michael Hoppen Contemporary in Chelsea, London. American-born Sells has drawn on her vast experience travelling and living abroad, off-setting everyday objects with exotic or out of place items against bright and colourful backgrounds.

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  • Chloe Sells / Senescence, Michael Hoppen Gallery - exhibition review

    Chloe Sells / Senescence, Michael Hoppen Gallery - exhibition review

    SUE STEWARD , The Evening Standard June 17, 2013

    The clichés surrounding still-life photography, with its flowers, fruit and vegetables on a table, sometimes alongside skulls and dead rabbits, still draw on 17th-century Spanish painters. But the genre is evolving radically and Chloe Sells is a leader. Its original description, nature morte (dead nature), still survives but she chooses objects including ancient pagan symbols and African carved heads and creates a cinematic stage-set scenario instead of scenes in Spanish dining rooms.


    The effect of Sells’s shifting life experiences between London and Botswana is responsible for her explosive colour palette and scenes reflecting her personal journeys...

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  • Chloe Sells

    Chloe Sells

    Foto 8 November 1, 2011

    A selection of work from Chloe Sells’ body of work, Closer than Known, will launch Foto8’s new Print Room. The seven framed and one unframed photographs are available to purchase and mark the first in a series of small exhibitions that will be periodically changed over.

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