Evan Penny is internationally known for his hyper-realist figurative sculptures that capture a paradoxical, yet uncanny reality. Employing traditional as well as contemporary sculpting methods, Penny molds figures out of clay, and then casts his sculptures in resin, bronze or silicone. While his earlier works were largely cast in resin or bronze, Penny’s recent works have centered around busts or backs cast in silicone with resin eyes, implanted human hair, and custom-made clothing. Over the past several years Penny’s works have investigated investigates the relationship of sculpture to photography and virtual technologies, and the ever changing and unstable boundaries between reality and illusion.
Penny was born in South Africa in 1953 and immigrated to Canada in 1964. He received his formal training at the Alberta College of Art and Design, completing his BA with Honors in 1975 and his MFA in Sculpture in 1978. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.