ART & DESIGN

The Cartoon Network

Artist Joyce Pensato talks about her new exhibition.


For Joyce Pensato, painting is about memory, joy, and rediscovery—a message very clear in her striking, large-scale paintings and charcoal drawings of cartoon figures like Mickey Mouse, Batman, and the Simpsons. For her latest exhibition, entitled “Castaway,” at Petzel Gallery in New York, she accompanies these trademark figures with the flotsam and jetsam of her messy studio walls: a glamorously paint-smeared Marilyn Monroe, a picture of Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining covered in flicks of pigment. Her cartoons, created with enamel paint, drip and ooze, complete with scrapes, scratches, and bumps. Similarly, the pictures of her studio are beautifully gaudy and messy, like the best parts of life. “I celebrate my whole self and share it,” Pensato says. “I think you have to reach a certain age to be able to say, This is who I am!”

Photos: The Cartoon Network

Joyce Pensato Magic Bag Eyes 2014 Courtesy of the artist and Petzel Gallery, New York

Joyce Pensato Marilyn 2015 Courtesy of the artist and Petzel Gallery, New York

Joyce Pensato Duck Soup 1 2015 Courtesy of the artist and Petzel Gallery, New York

Joyce Pensato Cassius Clay 2015 Courtesy of the artist and Petzel Gallery, New York

Joyce Pensato Bart 2015 Courtesy of the artist and Petzel Gallery, New York

Joyce Pensato Battitude 2015 Courtesy of the artist and Petzel Gallery, New York

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