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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The Sun Will Come Out

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Signed on back

56" h x 42" w x 1.5" d
7 lbs. 0 oz.


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This large piece created with a blend of acrylic, ink and pastel is bathed in yellow, which reflects the title and theme of the piece, The Sun Will Come Out. My work is known for its busy detail. With this piece, I have taken a new direction with regard to use of detail. I have concentrated the detail of my work into the figure, and have left the background as an abstract yellow blaze. The detail within the dress reflects an inner journey. At the bottom there are faces that appear worried and/or judgmental. These reflect her own emotions as well as those of others. As the eye moves toward her face, the worried faces mix with flowers that are fashioned after Dogwood. The Dogwood flower is a symbol of forgiveness. These meander upward until a single rose emerges from her. The lines in her dress represent levels of her evolution. Her face reflects this journey and her hands hang, almost melting to represent that she is ever changing. The one foot that is visible is solid and sturdy. She is interesting, beautiful and complex. She is going to make it. She is basking in the sunshine of her life!

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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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