Intricate Graffiti Stencils on Found Objects: The Work of Penny

London-based graffiti artist Penny is a former surgeon who now uses his talent with a scalpel to cut amazingly intricate stencils for his art. His moniker, Penny, is inspired by money, which is a recurring theme in his work. “Within my work I often regard money as representative of a sinister voyeur, an omnipresent force watching over its subjects,” Penny says in his artist’s statement.

He achieves often-photorealistic, miniature works by hand cutting multiple layers of stencil from paper, and using these stencils to spray paint on found objects such as postage stamps, paper currency, or even, humorously, stenciling on a grain of rice. The stencils themselves are a thing of beauty, and he sometimes displays them alongside the completed works in his gallery shows and online. These are almost reminiscent of papel picado, or other forms of papercutting folk art.

Through his choices of the objects he paints on, as well as his techniques, he brings the subversive ideas behind street art to a different kind of public property – the type that can fit in your wallet.

Woman Stenciled on Postage Stamp - Artwork by Penny

Hand Cut Stencil on S&H Green Stamp - Artwork by Penny

Woman's Rear End Stenciled on a Discarded Cigarette Butt - Artwork by Penny

Stencil Painting on a Postage Stamp - Artwork by Penny

Painting of Woman on a Swing on US Banknote - Artwork by PennyIntricately Hand-Cut Stencils - Work in Progress by Penny

Via Junkculture

Tom is a writer, artist, and multi-media guru from Pennsylvania, U.S. He holds a Master's in Journalism and Mass Communication, but he has also taken several university-level courses in fine arts, art appreciation, graphic design, printmaking, and Asian art. He has been blogging for Monde Mosaic since February 2014.

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