Brooklyn-based artist Jeremy Penn has the fashion set looking a little blue — in his paintings, that is. Penn used shades of azure to depict the fashion world’s most notable faces, including Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Moss, and Diane von Furstenberg.
And yes, he is aware that his work has an Andy Warhol look.
“Some people at first glance might think that the work is a little Warhol-esque, and he was an innovator, but his mission with his work was completely different,” Penn explained to StyleCaster. “There’s a very cerebral approach to my work, a lot of scientific research that I put into each piece.”
“With the Kate Moss portrait, for example, I researched her and her face for years. In art school, they teach you about the golden ratio, which is a scientific formula to perfection. When you apply the golden ratio to Moss’ face, it’s the closest thing to perfection that there is.”
Maybe that is why so many photographers, painters, and sculptors have dedicated themselves to her image. Penn also passionately spoke about Lagerfeld, DVF, and the power of women.
“These people are icons,” Penn told StyleCaster of his recent work. “They’re style trendsetters. They’re the people who innovate a certain style or a certain look, which trickles down and effects people everywhere. Karl is just an enigma; he’s a master at what he does. He’s dedicated his life to something, and that’s how you become a master. His ability to understand the female mind and body is fascinating to me.”
“If you look at a lot of my work, it’s a lot about women finding their power. [The DVF portrait is about] the empowerment of women. She is woman. She is it,” Penn said. “She’s a role model to women everywhere. The power that she has as a woman, to me, her energy, her force — it transcends everything. Women are the gods of the world; we [men] are total servants to women. Finding these powerful women who change the world, they deserve to be treated as goddesses and to be painted. I believe a look from a woman is one of the most powerful weapons in the world.”
We would be the first to agree.
Visit Penn’s website to see all of his work.
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