There’s nothing new about narcissism; in either human evolution or art.
Since time immemorial, we have been captivated by the sight our own image. The first mirrors, made of polished obsidian, date from as early as 6000 BC; remarkably, it took mankind a further 2500 years to get round to inventing the wheel. Apparently it would seem that even then, the image took precedence over all else; and that appearances were of the utmost importance. Read More
Facing the Beast Within: The Power of Animal Instinct in Sexuality
In the 21st century, we like to imagine that our approach to sexuality has changed significantly since the days of our ‘cave men’ ancestors.
Indeed, ask any man or woman about sexuality, and they are likely to refute the idea that their sexual behavior is anything like that of ancient Homo sapiens; which, according to the Swiss writer, Johann Bachofen (a highly influential writer in the field); was chaotic, aggressive and promiscuous.
These days, with our courtship rituals; online dating, nightclubs and bars, marriage and monogamy, we take pride in our status as superior, sophisticated beings; our behavior a world apart from the crude, animal techniques of our ancient relatives. Read More
‘An Image of the Infinite’ or a Fleeting Moment in Time. Artist Jeremy Penn Paints Britt Ekland
I’m always the first to admit that I’m drawn to beauty. The magnetic pull of a beautiful face is like a siren-call. It offers powerful, sometimes irresistible allure to many an artist, and I’ve often found myself quite literally unable to stop creating art that depicts beauty, in all its many forms.
Whilst working on my most recent painting, I found myself thinking a lot about beauty. Incidentally, the subject matter is Britt Ekland, who is widely acknowledged to be one of the most natural beauties of the 1970s. Those wide, doe-innocent eyes, that full mouth and tousled hair not only represents beauty in its truest form, but also a sense of the epoch; an iconic face that so perfectly complemented the mood of the era. Read More
Strength is a human trait that is widely regarded as being desirable. Physical strength, visibly demonstrated by musculature, posture and tension, has often been popular in art. This dates as far back as the Renaissance, when Michelangelo represented David, rippling with lithe, energetic brawn and Cellini depicted his Perseus, sword in one muscled arm, and severed head of the Medusa in the other.
But strength, as we all know, goes beyond the physical. Emotional strength, although not as immediately visible as the physical, is every bit as powerful. Time and time again throughout history, we hear about people who have survived horrific circumstances, who have been tried to the very limit of their endurance and who have emerged the other side, through sheer determination and strength of will. Read More
The Eyes Have It: Jessica Stam and Portraying Windows to the Soul
I’ve always been fascinated by eyes. I’m certainly not alone with this obsession; indeed, for hundreds of years, artists, writers and philosophers alike have mused over the significance of the eyes; their significance and also their power. Read More
THE PAINTING PROCESS | JEREMY PENN
Nestled in the iconic corner of Christopher & Gay street in New York City's West Village, Whynot Coffee & Wine has quickly rose to be the place to be seen while drinking the highest quality coffee & curated wines in all of New York.
The interior of Whynot is decorated to feel like 1960's Paris. Adorning the walls are my paintings of women like Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin, and Catherine Deneuve. Read More
New York City Artist Jeremy Penn Answers the Question "Who is Banksy?"
What is Art, exactly? It’s the question that has long been hanging off the lips of many an art critic for centuries. From the initially ridiculed Impressionists to Damien Hirst’s shark in formaldehyde, artists historically have always sought to challenge the accepted view of what Art is, preferring instead to explore what Art has the potential to be, and just how far the limits and boundaries can be tested. Read More
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? Read More
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. Read More