Courtney Chavanell (b. 1984) is a multidisciplinary artist and photographer from Austin, Texas.
Her lifestyle is currently nomadic, as she splits her time between Los Angeles, California, and Joshua Tree.
Courtney earned her BFA in Studio Art & Photography from the University of Texas, at Austin. It is here, where she honed her skills as an artist, under the guidance of Guggenheim fellows; photographers, Mark Goodman & Lawrence McFarland. She dedicated herself to the photo laboratory, but spent a huge chunk of time in the ceramics and video lab, exploring her other interests.
Courtney is an international traveller, independent contractor, no-filter thinker, and reliable maker.
“The photographs presented on this website provide a general overview of the diversity of my experience, and showcase a comprehensive example of commissioned work that has felt the most rewarding, for myself. I have photographed everything from food to funerals, but ultimately, my goal is to continue to display images that are the most fulfilling to create. It narrows my market, but it reveals my character.
My work is a representation of my identity. I reside in a community of artists, as an individual, within a collective, inside of our whole. I make effort to cultivate genuine intimacy - reflecting the sincerity and value I place on interpersonal relationships. It reveals how I view others, and how I believe they would like to be seen.
My general interests are rooted in psychology, observation, intuition, and anthropology. I am specifically attracted to vulnerability and honesty. I make portraits because it's something that brings me joy.
I find myself photographing musicians & artists because of my deep love, appreciation, personal history and knowledge of music & art, as well as the comfort I feel around others that have courageously pursued unconventional professions that have chosen them.”
SELECTED CLIENTS & PUBLICATIONS:
The New York Times
Light in the Attic
End Sounds Records
Blue Horizon Records