Penelope Przekop
Jamison, Pennsylvania

Penelope Przekop categorizes her work as figurative expressionism. Her paintings of women are indeed expressive, emotional, and evocative. Her work is influenced by fashion photography and celebrity imagery. You may vaguely recognize a famous young face in her paintings, such as Amy Winehouse or Emma Stone. She does not seek to represent the celebrity exactly, but instead uses them to capture something universal about women, their power and their vulnerability. Penelope, a self prescribed introvert, uses her art to communicate an inherent introspectiveness. She seeks to represent the complexity of women, who navigate in a world where they are often exploited through the media, criticized for their looks, and torn between their responsibilities to family and their personal goals. Her work captures these concepts on the canvas with complex compositions, lots of vibrant color, energy, and tension. The expressive paintings communicate with large, bold statements. Penelope may be a quiet person, but her art certainly is not.

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Big Girls Cry

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Signed on back

48" h x 24" w x 1" d
3 lbs. 0 oz.


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This piece was visually inspired by a photograph of Kendall Jenner, and also by poses in the book, Study of Pose: 1,000 Poses by Coco Rocha. It was emotionally inspired by the Sia song, "Big Girls Cry". The painting explores the type of beauty found in the hearts of girls who may identify with Sia's song. I suspect that we can all identify with those emotions in some way. If we can find some brand of beauty in even the most lonely or negative times of our lives, we can continue to grow, and hopefully emerge as a better version of ourselves. 

This piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges. It comes ready to hang. 

Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.

Stretched canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.


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