A Fresh Look for Joyce Pensato's Mickey Mouse

Posted on June 22, 2018 by Alison Pierz

We recently stretched and framed an artwork by accomplished artist and Brooklyn native Joyce Pensato. Her multiple Mickey Mouse piece is a combination of paint and charcoal rendered on an uneven piece of linen. We had our conservator Julia Rivera, attach additional linen to create a clean-lined surface ready for stretching. The visible area was primed with gesso to match the surface the artist worked on. After stretching we framed the art in a white wood floater frame and now it's off to its new home with the collector.

Joyce Pensato Mickey Mouse painting on linenJoyce Pensato's "Mickey Mouse" stretched on gessoed linen and custom framed

The piece we framed is a prime example of Pensato's oeuvre. The majority of her works depict rough and somewhat sinister versions of recognizable cartoon and comic characters like Batman, Donald Duck, Homer Simpson or as in this case, Mickey Mouse. Her style is informed by imagery from her native Brooklyn; things like graffiti and hand painted shop signs. She paints almost exclusively with store-bought black and white enamel and employs charcoal for smaller works. Pensato builds her images through layered and the meaning and interpretation is left to the viewer.

Joyce Pensato Mickey Mouse painting gessoed linen floater frameDetail showing the uneven area at top of the painting

Pensato is represented by Lisson Gallery in London and Petzel in New York City. She has had numerous solo shows in galleries including Anne de Villepoix where we received this piece from. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; SFMoMA, San Francisco; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Dallas Museum of Art among others. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and Guggenheim Fellowship.

Joyce Pensato Mickey Mouse Painting on linen floater frameDetail of the painting in its white wood floater frame

We love having the opportunity to work with a wide range of art and are always excited when museum-caliber pieces like this one come our way. Stop by and visit us in either of our locations on the Lower East Side in Manhattan or the Gowanus / Red Hook area of Brooklyn and see what we can design for your art!

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