Lisson Gallery

Joyce Pensato

Joyce Pensato paints exuberant and explosive large-scale likenesses of cartoon characters and comic-book heroes. Her seemingly frenzied technique –  involving the deliberate accretion of successive layers of bold linear gestures, rapid spattering and frequent erasures – results in alternately humorous and sinister imagery. While her prima facie subject matter ranges from Batman, The Simpsons and Mickey Mouse to Felix the Cat and Elmo from Sesame Street, her artistic progenitors include Alberto Giacometti, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Abstract Expressionists such as Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline and Philip Guston. Taking much of her material from her surroundings in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York – from graffitied walls to hand-scrawled shop signs – Pensato paints almost exclusively in shop-bought black and white enamel, while also employing charcoal and pastel for smaller-scale drawings. Recently Pensato has begun painting oversized murals, often taking weeks to complete, while there are also occasional leaps away from the monochrome world she generally inhabits into sporadic bursts of colour, especially silver and gold.

Joyce Pensato was born in Brooklyn, New York, where she continues to live and work. Solo exhibitions include Grice Bench, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2018); Petzel Gallery, New York, NY, USA (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA (2016); Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria (2016); Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX, USA (2015); High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, USA (2014); Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA, USA (2013); and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO, USA (2013), as well as recent group exhibitions at South London Gallery, London, UK (2018); Drawing Room, London, UK (2018); Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA (2017); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, USA (2017); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA (2017); Aïshti Foundation, Jar el-Dib, Beirut, Lebanon (2016); Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Denmark (2016); and 'Empire State', curated by Alex Gartenfeld and Sir Norman Rosenthal at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2013). Pensato’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA; SFMoMA, San Francisco, CA, USA; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA; the Dallas Museum of Art, TX, USA; St Louis Art Museum, MO, USA and the FRAC des Pays de la Loire, France. She has won numerous awards including the Robert de Niro, Sr. Prize (2013), the Award of Merit Medal for Painting, given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2012), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award (1997) and the Guggenheim Fellowship (1996).


Joyce Pensato
Take Me to Your Leader, 2018
Charcoal and pastel on paper 274.3 x 1270 cm 108 x 500 in

Joyce Pensato
SmackDown! Lisa, 2018
Charcoal and pastel on paper 228.6 x 229.2 cm 90 x 90 1/4 in

Joyce Pensato
Four Donalds-1, 2017
Enamel and metallic paint on linen 182.9 x 162.6 cm 72 x 64 in

Joyce Pensato
Four Donalds-2, 2017
Enamel and metallic paint on linen 182.9 x 162.6 cm 72 x 64 in

Joyce Pensato
Four Donalds-3, 2017
Enamel and metallic paint on linen 182.9 x 162.6 cm 72 x 64 in

Joyce Pensato
Four Donalds-4, 2017
Enamel and metallic paint on linen 182.9 x 162.6 cm 72 x 64 in

Joyce Pensato
Landscape Mickey, 2017
Enamel and metallic paint on linen 203.2 x 325 x 4 cm 80 x 128 x 1 5/8 in

Joyce Pensato
Here's Mickey, 2017
Enamel and metallic paint on linen 233.7 x 213.4 x 4 cm 92 x 84 x 1 5/8 in

Joyce Pensato
The Erased Batman, 2017
Enamel and metallic paint on linen 229 x 182.9 x 4 cm 90 1/8 x 72 x 1 5/8 in

Joyce Pensato
Homer in the Hood, 2017
Charcoal on paper 273 x 233.5 cm 107 1/2 x 91 7/8 in

Joyce Pensato
Crazy Good Donald, 2017
Charcoal on paper 269 x 406 cm 105 7/8 x 159 7/8 in

Joyce Pensato
FORGETABOUTITBATMAN, 2017
Enamel and metallic paint on linen 254 x 406.4 x 4 cm 100 x 160 x 1 5/8 in

Joyce Pensato
Rhumba Mickey, 2017
Charcoal on paper 76 x 55.5 cm 29 7/8 x 21 7/8 in

Joyce Pensato
Kyle the Guy with the Green hat, 2017
Charcoal on paper 56.5 x 41.2 cm 22 1/4 x 16 1/4 in

Joyce Pensato
Joyceland in London 1981-2014,

Studio accumulation from 1981 to present day

Dimensions variable

Joyce Pensato
Joyceland in London 1981-2014,

Studio accumulation from 1981 to present day

Dimensions variable

Joyce Pensato
Joyceland in London 1981-2014,

Studio accumulation from 1981 to present day

Dimensions variable

Joyce Pensato
Rabbit gone mad , 2014
Collage

Joyce Pensato
Donald and the gang , 2014

Charcoal and pastel on paper and collage

41 x 64.6 cm


Joyce Pensato
Two Jerrys , 2014
Collage

Joyce Pensato
Jojo,
2014 Enamel on canvas 121.9 x 121.9 cm 48 x 48 in

Joyce Pensato
Everlast, 2014

Collage


Joyce Pensato
Them Eyes, 2014

Enamel and metallic paint on canvas

152.4 x 121.9 cm 60 x 48 in


Joyce Pensato
Felix, 2007
Enamel and metalic paint on linen 

228.6 x 182.9 cm 90 x 72

Joyce Pensato
Marge in Hell , 2008

Charcoal and watercolour on watercolour paper

350 x 158 cm 137.8 x 50.6 in


Exhibitions

  1. Joyce Pensato: FORGETTABOUT IT

    19 May – 24 June 2017

  2. Joyce Pensato: Joyceland

    26 March – 10 May 2014

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