21-24 May

Somerset House

Michael Hoppen Gallery will be exhibiting work from 16 artists


Chloe Sells divides her time between her home in Botswana, Africa, where she photographs with a large format camera, and London, England, where she processes and prints her work. Each of her prints is the result of her in-depth manipulation of the printing process in the darkroom, at once physical, spontaneous and deliberate. She employs experimental and spontaneous methods such as screens, overlays, open-weave fabrics and movements of the paper, expertly combined to create her unique, bold and dreamy photographs. Informed by extensive travel, residence and immersion in countries foreign to her, Sells explores the question of how places are defined, while speculating on the consequences of human experience of place.


Sells’ arrangements become less a document of an actual place, and more an allegory of her relationships to those places. In more recent landscape work, remnants of a childhood in the Colorado Mountains and extensive travels in adulthood have imbued Sells’ work with a reverence for the sublime beauty of nature.  She says her photographs interpret place as a memory or as an evocation of a feeling “I can smell them and I can feel them. Feel the air, feel the light.” Her works are undeniably painterly and immediate, pushing the boundaries of process within the photographic medium.


Sells attended the Rhode Island School of Design, from which she graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. She received her Masters in Fine Art from Central St. Martins in September 2011. Over the last twelve years she has lived and photographed on three continents, Asia, North America and Africa, which has been integral to her artwork. 


Works exhibited:

Maybe Greenland, 2014

51 x 41 cm

Unique analogue C-type print with acrylic paint

Signed and dated in ink on verso

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Somerset House - Ground Floor, Booth A3