Jeremy Penn was born in 1979 in New York City and studied Fine Art at both the University of Maryland and Pratt Institute. His works have been exhibited internationally and have received honours 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, his art was awarded ASFD’s Pinnacle Award, ADEX Gold Medal in Design, and also 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. He currently lives and works out of Brooklyn, NY.
Penn’s work explores the initial feelings of a single gaze and the deconstruction of that moment in time. With a concerted interest in his subject’s eyes, he creates a seductive power-play between the viewer and the art. In more recent work, Penn has taken that notion one step closer by literally inserting the viewer into the work, and forcing them to become not only viewer, but also participant.