Art With Punch


Mar | Apr 2011 contents
Gazette Home

First Person

Notes from the Undergrad Worth 1,000 words

Alumni Voices
“You put my f**ckin’ mug where I can’t reach it.”

Return to Vietnam

Expert Opinion What’s in store for the Euro?

Share |




In December, College junior Allison Zuckerman won the Penn Publications Cooperative’s award for the best artwork in a student publication for this painting, titled “Please, Oh Please, Stop Throwing Those Uppercuts!” which originally appeared in The Penn Review literary magazine. She is also the recipient of a grant from the provost’s office supporting an exhibition in Williams Café of five of her large-scale paintings, which she plans to donate to the University.

I usually just stick to paint, but I wanted to do a painting inspired by comics. So I clipped a bunch of comic strips from a book I found—kind of an archive of comics from around the 1950s—and laid those down on the surface of the canvas and began painting over it, working from some sketches of a model.  … I wanted to show action and emotion. I do a lot of portraits, a lot of exaggerated close-ups of people. So I wanted to capture that emotion, but also use humor. I feel like the spit came out pretty well. I think it’s a playful piece. It looks pained, but also styled and graphic looking, so it’s not too serious or realistic.
©2011 The Pennsylvania Gazette
Last modified 2/24/11