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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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