If life is a storm, I paint in the eye of it, enjoying the calm center of a rapidly spinning world, a world sometimes energized by the caprices of popular culture.
I explore life’s storms and seasons by painting portraits of iconic figures and abstract paintings – exploding out of the confines of popular society – and working with encaustic, which allows me to build texture, explore vibrant colors, and move quickly, since the paint dries almost instantly. I paint countless layers, strategically layering color on top of color, only to later scrape back and reveal the depth of the painting.
At the eye of the storm, I find the calm in the creation of the chaotic.
Jeremy Penn was born in 1979 in New York and studied Fine Art at both the University of Maryland and Pratt Institute. His works have been exhibited internationally and received honors from curators at museums such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In 2009, Penn was honored as the “Featured Artist” for New York City’s Freedom Week. In 2010, Penn’s art was awarded ASFD’s Pinnacle Award, ADEX Gold Medal in Design, and the Peace Maker Award for his painting “War Child”. In 2011, Penn was the artist selected to represent the United States during Rosafest, a global art exhibition celebrating the Pan-American Games.
Penn’s work explores the initial feelings of a single gaze and the deconstruction of that moment in time. With a heavy emphasis on his subject’s eyes, he creates a seductive power play between the viewer and the art.