Artist Konni Jensen’s colorful acrylic paintings use hidden pictures to convey meaning and add narrative to her work. Enjoy more of her art by going to her website.
I fell in love with painting after living in France and visiting the Louvre and a small Picasso museum there. I developed a fun style of colorful paintings with thin black lines and hidden pictures. My first painting in this style was “Cartoon,” it is of a pharaoh, who is also a Chinese merchant and a pirate. There is a clown whispering in his ear, a redheaded lady on the right, a cowboy hidden in her blouse and her hair is also a snail. In addition, there is a hidden tulip, a bird and a fleur de lis. I made the painting by taking a pencil to the canvas and basically going crazy on it, making quick circles and lines; then I stood back and looked for pictures to jump out—a fun treasure hunt!
“Life” is part of a huge mural I did in my entry way when I lived in Manhattan. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take the wall with me, so I recreated part of it. It depicted my boyfriend’s and my life at the time and our roots. It shows the following hidden pictures—a guitar (which is also a redheaded girl), a Viking (her breast is also the eye of a goldfish), a bull, a matador, a mermaid, a vase with flowers, a tulip, a couple of birds and a beach.
“Poseidon” is a huge painting I was inspired to paint while I was reading about Greek mythology. Poseidon is shown riding a hammerhead shark. There is a hidden squid, penguin, Australia land mass and a tiny heart.
“Life of Roy” I made for a plastic surgeon—I show him wearing scrubs. The woman in the painting represents how beautiful he can make women; the hidden baby represents how he can make his patients appear younger and the bird represents his love of flying. I really loved making this painting; it had such a great story and it made me feel like it pushed me further as an artist.
“Las Vegas” is such a busy city; I was inspired to tell a small part of the city’s story by using the visual of a face of a man to tell it. You can see the following hidden pictures—a poker chip with a snake wrapped around it (to show the dangers of gambling), a dancer, a champagne glass, a golf course, a diamond, a heart, a shark for Bugsy, and a martini glass with city lights on skyscrapers.
Another city that inspires me is “Manarola” in Italy on Cinque Terre. My husband and I would love to retire there; it’s a mix of history, old buildings on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, great culture, food and wine. The painting shows the city through my eyes with colorful buildings and the wild ocean. I put three hidden ladies in the water and a man’s face in the cliff.
“In Honor of Hillary Clinton” was obviously done due to the election. I was inspired to paint her as she is a fascinating person with a lot of history. It portrays her as the Statue of Liberty, Athena and Lady of Justice. She is holding a tree for life and education and is shaking hands with the world. The all-American family is shown on top of the world. I got a call from Yosi Sergant requesting the painting for Politicon in Los Angeles June 2016—super exciting!
“Lord of the Manor” is a funny painting I did because my husband wanted a painting of himself wearing a monocle to hang over our mantel. I decided to have a little fun, and made a buck wearing the monocle and a twenties tweed suit. There is a beaver on top of the buck wearing a top hat. There is a hidden fawn in the left ear and a lady in a gown in the right ear. There is also a hunter wearing fur hidden in the beaver. My husband is very pleased with the painting and says it portrays us well.
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