Joyce Pensato (USA 1946 - USA 2019)


Joyce Pensato (American, born 1941 in Brooklyn) is a contemporary painter, known for her large-scale cartoon canvases on black-and-white enamel. Her father, an engraver, encouraged her to pursue art studies. She studied at the New York Studio School, where she developed an interest in pop culture elements, starting with Batman. This served as a catalyst for her project of splashy canvases depicting well-known characters and mascots, such as Homer Simpson, Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse.


Solo exhibitions have been held at Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2016); Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria (2016); Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, Fort Worth, Texas (2015); and Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California (2013). She is represented by Petzel Gallery, New York, where she has had four solo shows; Lisson Gallery, London, where she had solo shows in 2017 and 2014; Corbett v Dempsey, Chicago; and Grice Bench, Los Angeles. She has also exhibited with Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris (2010, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1994). Pensato's work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Dallas Museum of Art; St Louis Museum of Art and FRAC des Pays de la Loire.

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