Joyce Pensato

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Joyce Pensato


With works in both the Whitney and MoMA in New York, Pensato (1941-2019) gained notoriety for paintings which play with well-known cartoon characters, often transforming them into unsettling or macabre alter-egos rendered in aggressive brush strokes and claustrophobic layers of over-painting. The models for these pictures (old soft toys and plastic figures) were found in New York’s thrift stores and transformed into still lifes in her atmospheric studio.



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Pensato’s image suited her work: with a bleached cloud of hair, she wore paint-splantered, punkish clothes and littered her Insta-profile with pictures of herself touting cigars and fake guns.

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Auction Record


Christie's New York, 'Sunset Batman', 2020

Notable Collections

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Notable Exhibitions

Focus: Joyce Pensato, Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, USA, 2016

I Killed Kenny, The Santa Monica Museum of Art in California, Santa Monica, USA, 2013

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