Andrew Chalfen

Artist's Biography

Andrew Chalfen is a visual artist and musician living and working in Philadelphia. A 2021 solo show of recent work was featured at the Abington Art Center. 2020 was full of awards and his first showing at a museum, the Delaware Contemporary. In 2019 many of his pieces were featured at InLiquid's Hatch group show and at the Magic Garden's two-person show Patterns of Obsession, both in Philadelphia, He is the winner of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Mid-Atlantic Regional for 2018 and his piece Vibration Lands was displayed at SCOPE Miami during the Art Basel/Art Miami fair.

Artist's Statement

I am a visual artist living and working in Philadelphia. I work mainly in acrylics but have been increasingly incorporating mixed media and three dimensional elements into my pieces. I am fascinated by patterns, how they ripple, radiate, refract, bloom, interact, and cluster. My works allude to aerial views, cartography, architectural renderings, musical notation, urban-like densities, and other natural and man-made patterns, which often spill out over edges, suggesting unseen continuations.

My process mirrors that of my songwriting and music arranging, involving the repetition of a small selection of formal elements, subtle variation, the timbre of color palate, rhythm, and randomization strategies. The viewer may not know what to focus on first, becoming overwhelmed and subsequently absorbed in the details, an experience reminiscent of mediation or a divine/psychedelic journey.

More recent abstract geometric pieces, including painted sculptures, explore themes of nostalgia, anxiety, climate change, play, and allusions to impenetrable data, all reflective of, and perhaps counter to, accelerating physical, social and psychic instability in the world.

Selected Exhibitions

Winter Solo Series, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

Selected Drawings, Aksum Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA

Patterns of Obsession, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, Philadelphia, PA

Paintings and Drawings: Andrew Chalfen & Nicole Donnelly, Seeds Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Hope and Possibility, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Ellarslie Open 37/38, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, Trenton, NJ
Juried Exhibition

Small Wonders, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles, IL
Juried Exhibition

Textures and Patterns, Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Juried Exhibition

Purely Abstract, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles, IL
Juried Exhibition

Abstractions, Cape Cod Cultural Center, South Yarmouth, MA
Juried Exhibition

Riverfront 20/20, Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE
Juried Exhibition

Small Works, Big Talent, Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Juried Exhibition

Congruence, I Like Your Work Podcast, Online
Juried Exhibition

Banished for the Good of the Realm, InLiquid Online

Hatch, InLiquid at Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finalists, SCOPE, Miami Beach, FL
For the piece "Vibration Lands"

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Mid-Atlantic Regional, Arch Enemy Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, InLiquid with Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

New Now, InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Natural, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Natural, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


Artfolio2021, Catalog
Juried by Beatriz Esguerra

Chalfen, Andrew Look Up Coloring Book, Thunder Bay Press, 2017 (a collection of 84 pen and ink drawings)


Kostianovsky, Deborah, "On Hearing Wildflowers- Artist Spotlight on Andrew Chalfen,", December 3, 2020

Krieger, Deborah, "Patterns of Obsession, mesmerizing two-person exhibit at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens," Art Blog, April 2, 2019

Professional Experience

Album Cover Design
• I Think Like Midnight “This Land Is Your Mind,” 2018
• I Think Like Midnight “Kompromat” Wilber Records, 2018
• I Think Like Midnight “Warm Seclusion Structure" Quadrapus Records, 2014
• The Trolleyvox “Your Secret Safe/Luzerne” Transit of Venus Records, 2008
• The Trolleyvox “Present the Karaoke Meltdowns” Transit of Venus Records, 2006
• The Trolleyvox “Leap of Folly” Groove Disques Records, 2002
• The Trolleyvox “Ephemera for the Future” Groove Disques Records, 1999

Related musical life
I Think Like Midnight


Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE
Popular Vote Award for Vibration Lands

Prisma Art Prize
Finalist for Symphony Wave

Colored Pencil Society of America
Creative Art Materials/Caran d’Ache Award for Distinction for You Are Here

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Mid-Atlantic Regional Finalist for Vibration Lands


Collections nationally and internationally


Continuing Education
Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
Course in Oil Painting

University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Course in Graphic Art and Digital Design

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
3 courses in Graphic Art and Digital Design