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b. 1988 in Chichester, UK ; lives and works in Bosham, West Sussex
Jack Penny’s practice is motivated by a search for authenticity, freely accepting mistakes as he works, inviting his audience to explore, challenge and react to each painting. His decision to expose his vulnerability as a painter undoubtedly makes Penny’s work all the more evocative.
Rather than relying on manipulative techniques to develop a painting, Penny is conscious of trying to spark his audience’s sensory awareness as they experience his work. Spontaneity is key to his process of painting; relying only upon his initial instincts when making decisions regarding the colours, textures or lines. A tenet of his practice is a belief in working intuitively – challenging the temptation to rely upon educated consciousness. The paintings are bound by their timely execution, searching for the strange, embracing the jarring and always demanding a second look.
Over the past two years, Penny has enjoyed a variety of successful exhibitions, including three as part of the artistic collective Hexen Studio. In 2017, Penny has had his first exhibition in Berlin as well as a solo show in London with India Dickinson at 10 White Horse Street.