The Chameleonic in Art; Altered Images and Shifting Perspectives

The Chameleonic in Art; Altered Images and Shifting Perspectives

Artist Jeremy Penn Paints Portrait of Rock Icon David Bowie

A question that has always fascinated me has been that of longevity in art.

What is it that makes an artist endure? What is it that causes an artist to turn from a painter into a legend; that causes his or her works to be pored over, discussed and debated for decades, or even centuries after their death?

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Catherine Deneuve: The Art of Passive/ Aggressive – Artist Jeremy Penn

Catherine Deneuve: The Art of Passive/ Aggressive – Artist Jeremy Penn

The Power of Women

As you all know, I am endlessly fascinated by powerful women; forceful females who dare to express themselves fearlessly; and who have a true sense of themselves and complete comfort in their own skins.

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Brigitte Bardot: Redefining Sexuality - Artist Jeremy Penn

Brigitte Bardot: Redefining Sexuality - Artist Jeremy Penn

I get asked, on a fairly regular basis, why I choose to paint Brigitte Bardot with such regularity. “Just what is it about Bardot that draws you to her repeatedly in your art?” To which I generally reply; “People say God created women. However, that’s impossible, because Bardot proves that God is actually a woman herself.” This may, as a first impression, appear as a mere glib comment, a humorous statement of my admiration for a woman of obvious physical beauty. However, as with all my work, and with my artistic muses, there is often a far deeper meaning beyond the superficial.

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Diane von Furstenberg: Iconic 20th Century Muse

Diane von Furstenberg: Iconic 20th Century Muse

An Oasis of Inspiration

It is not uncommon for an artist to find inspiration from a single individual. Throughout history, artists have used specific models, occasionally almost obsessively; using their representations to delve into the contours and lines that make up the figure and face of their inspiration, and also using their art to explore and reveal the psychology that lies behind the physical.

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