UMMA Selects Modern Artist Jeremy Penn to exhibit "Master" alongside Picasso, Rauschenberg, Kruger, Kaws and many more.Read More
Artist Jeremy Penn exhibits his art series "La Petite Mort" in New York City.Read More
For the first time ever, lululemon athletica collaborated with NYC artist Jeremy Penn and 3 other American artists to celebrate the country’s uniqueness as individuals, and strength as a collaborative unit. The concept is called UnitedSTATE!Read More
In Vice & Virtue Jeremy chose to blend modernity with pervading sexual attitudes. He has deliberately referenced the bold, brash colors of graffiti – as it’s so often on our street corners and alleyways that we find truth in art; unashamed representations of sex and sin. The viewer is not only confronted with a deliberately thought-provoking word, they’re forced to see themselves as part of the image, through their reflection in the piece itself.Read More
Jeremy Penn Joins Montauk Beach House as Artist in Residence Summer 2015 in Montauk, New York.
New York-based modern artist, Jeremy Penn will be partnering up with The Montauk Beach House this coming Summer as its residence artist on the hotel’s property starting from Mid-May through the end of July. The Montauk Beach House is situated in the heart of downtown Montauk and as has decided to bring on an artistic addition to its property this coming summer season. Jeremy Penn’s artistry fits the very eclectic mix of European style and relaxed beach vibe of the Beach House.Read More
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
Schutz, a Brazilian shoe company, partnered with New York City Jeremy Penn to paint the portrait of Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio. Penn also custom painted four pairs of Schutz shoes which would be given away during a social media content. Schutz, located at 655 Madison Avenue, hosted a huge event during fashion week to unveil their new Fall line along Jeremy Penn's custom painted shoes. Attendees were also treated to Jeremy Penn painting Alessandra Ambrosio live. Other notable attendees were Actress Katie Cassidy, Models Jessica Hart and Teresa Moore.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
I’ve always been captivated by the concepts of transience and permanence in both art and in nature.
Perhaps that’s why I’m so often drawn to the beauty of women; to that state of physical perfection that is, in terms of the passage of time, all too fleeting. The state of beauty, which inevitably only lasts for a matter of years in real life, can be captured and trapped in an artistic work; preserved forever and given new perspective and power.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
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
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.Read More
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.Read More
"If you can make it hear, you can make it anywhere" - Frank Sinatra
High rents, freezing winters, sweltering hot summers, $6 boxes of cheerios, all truths about New York City. Given these facts, how come New York City is home to largest concentration of artists, a career that consistantly ranks at the bottom of worst paying jobs? I have reached out to a few of my good friends who happen to be fellow artists living in NYC to get there take on this topic.Read More
Street Art Celebrated by Red Bull & The Arts Fund in Williamsburg Brooklyn
On September 13th, 2012, the Road to Art Basel continued with the Red Bull Curates event at Villain’s “The Space at Fifty North Third” in Brooklyn, New York. Thirty of the city’s most innovative up-and-coming street artists unveiled the signature styles they brought to their canvas-wrapped Red Bull coolers and vied for the three coveted spots that would take them to the SCOPE Miami show in December.
Artist Jeremy Penn took a break from his signature style of painting larger than life portraits of French icons to tell the story of the curse of Sanpaku. Sanpaku means the three whites in Japanese (san=3 paku=white) and refers to the iris being rather small, so that it can only cover about two-thirds or less of the vertical of the eye; imagining an eye as divided into four portions, the iris only ‘colours’ one portion, thus leaving the other three in white, hence “three whites”. The Japanese believed that someone with sanpaku eyes was imbalanced and destined to have a tragic end to their life. When you die, your eyes roll upward revealing the white underneath the iris.
To illustrate the story of sanpaku, Penn used notable celebrities who died young and had sanpaku eyes. Penn's canvas cooler was wrapped in images of John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Robert Kennedy, Princess Diana, Natalie Wood, Sharon Tate, John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe, Heath Ledger, Elvis Presley, Brittany Murphy, and Steve Jobs. Each one of these celebrities died young either from disease, murder, or drugs. Each of them had the rare eye disorder known by the Japanese as Sanpaku Eyes.
Jeremy Penn discovered the curse of Sanpaku while working on his art series The Deception of William Murphy.
Penn's cooler will be exhibited at the rooftop bar at King & Grove in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The other 29 artists will have their coolers placed in establishments around Brooklyn.
Red Bull Curates was a huge success in New York City. The 30 artists selected produced incredible art pieces. What I think was special about the work that came out of New York City was the range of styles between the artists.
During the much anticipated finale, works by Gerardo Cid and L’Amour Supreme received the most votes from the curatorial panel of judges led by Daria Brit Shapiro, of the internationally renowned SCOPE Art Show, contemporary pop artist Ron English and Carlo McCormick, Senior Editor of PAPER Magazine. Throughout the night, thousands of guests voted for their favorite canvas wrapped coolers and ultimately honored artists CLAW MONEY and KOSBE with the Audience Choice Awards.
All four New York area artists will join the winners from Los Angeles and Chicago in an all-expense paid trip to Miami to participate in a Red Bull Curates group show at SCOPE Miami during Art Basel, where they will have the chance to exhibit and sell works from their own collections.
Congratulations to all the winners. Make NYC proud in Miami.
Shout out to the amazing photographers below who photographed the Red Bull Curates event.