Billed as the nation’s largest outdoor museum show, CANVAS will soon be underway in West Palm Beach. Artists from across the globe will be hard at work creating 20 dramatic, inspiring installations and murals on selected buildings and infrastructure throughout the downtown district, plus underneath the bridge to Palm Beach. The two-week experience will run through Nov. 22, and the public is invited to watch this monumental show come to life.Read More
NYC Artist Jeremy Penn Explores the Divinity of Immorality
What is sin, exactly? From an early age, we’re trained to recognize wrong-doing and bad behavior. It is ingrained into our psyche by our parents, our teachers, our neighbors and our friends. Most of us, when quizzed, would state that we understand what sin is, and what it means to be sinful. But how well do we actually comprehend the nature of naughtiness? More to the point, do we secretly take delight in delicious devilry?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
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
"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.