9/18/2012

Robyn Penn

 Robyn Penn Monolith oil on canvas 200x120 cm 2012

Robyn Penn  I Have Murdered Another Day monotype with water soluble crayon 2011

Johannesburg artist Robyn Penn paints her amazing cloudscapes from photographs, often using the cloud studies of the 19th century photographer Eadweard Muybridge for reference. She finds painting the sky a good distraction from the "chaos" of daily life. 

Penn has often painted another sort of cloud- exploding atomic bomb clouds- and both sorts share a kind of terrible beauty. She says "For me the reality of life is like a Charles Bukowski poem- brutal and beautiful in the same breath."


  In honor of Elizabeth Wilson's passionate interest in the subject of changeable skies, for the rest of September we'll be looking at landscape paintings with a strong emphasis on the heavens. If you have an image of a painting, drawing or photograph with a focus on the sky (not your own work please) and a few thoughts you'd like to share, please email me and I'll set up a post for you.

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