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Power of the Unknowable: The Shock of Anonymity in Art – Jeremy Penn

Power of the Unknowable: The Shock of Anonymity in Art – Jeremy Penn

Artist Jeremy Penn Paints Fashion Icon Anna Wintour

Many of my paintings focus on the power of the human gaze. There’s much that can be conveyed through the eyes; from open defiance to coy submissiveness. I’ve always found it fascinating how a simple stare can communicate so much; and how it has the capacity to hold us in thrall.

However, art, as with so many other things in life, is sometimes as much about absence as it is presence. Whilst a confident gaze has the ability to control, manipulate and intimidate, sometimes the unknowable stare, concealed behind a pair of sunglasses, is every bit as powerful.

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The Immortal Icon: Abraham Lincoln, Once a Man, Now a Metaphor?

The Immortal Icon: Abraham Lincoln, Once a Man, Now a Metaphor?

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.

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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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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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