Joyce Pensato paints exuberant likenesses of cartoon characters and comic-book heroes, from Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck to Batman and Homer Simpson, rendered in explosive drips and expressive marks. Her seemingly frenzied painting technique – actually involving the deliberate accretion of successive layers of bold linear gestures, rapid repainting and frequent erasures – results in alternately humorous and sinister imagery.
The works on display at Amastan mark important new developments in Pensato’s practice in terms of movement, colour and scale. Painting almost exclusively in shop-bought black and white enamel over the past four decades, these works demonstrate occasional leaps from her monochromatic world, incorporating bold strokes of silver paint and delicately coloured charcoals, as well as a sense of motion and movement illustrated through a quick succession of marks and unbroken lines. More work by Pensato will be exhibited by Lisson Gallery at FIAC (Booth B40).