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Narcissism and Art

Narcissism and Art

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.

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Modern Art | Facing the Beast Within - Artist Jeremy Penn

Modern Art | Facing the Beast Within - Artist Jeremy Penn

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.

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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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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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