Artwork Description

Acrylic on canvas, stretched and ready to hang.

Signed on the back.

I’ve been painting these ‘Unpopular Penguins’ for six years now (this is number 553), having a good deal of success with them in galleries and shows. The starting point is the original design of the ‘Penguin classics’ books, transformed and distorted by multiple layers of paint, expressive brushwork, drips and spatters.

The paintings in this series are held in collections around the world, and have been in various art prizes and prominent Australian galleries. Edmund Capon, former director of the Art Gallery of NSW, said of the first painting in this series, ‘an evocative imagining of the familiar Penguin was a painting we all liked very much for its rich texture, its sense of memory and its sort of nostalgic humour’

This painting is on stretched canvas, with painted sides, and it is ready to hang without needing framing.

This particular painting can be hung either way up - I'll attach a wire at one end but feel free to unscrew and display the other way if you prefer! Atonement is a book where (no spoilers) the rug is pulled out from under your feet, really changing your understanding of it, so I thought it suitable that it could be displayed in multiple ways.

For lovers of art, books, and classic design.

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Stretched and ready to hang

This artwork is currently stretched and ready to hang.

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