Artist's Page

Penny Slinger

Born in London, UK, 1947

Pre diploma at West Surrey College of Art, Farnham, UK, 1966
First class honors Diploma in Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art, Westminster, UK, 1969

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

One-Person Exhibitions

Pace Library, New York, NY

50/50, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

Inside Out, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY
Tantric Transformations, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London, UK

Blum & Poe, Tokyo, Japan

Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

An Exorcism Revisited, Broadway 1602 Gallery, New York, NY
Hear What I Say, Riflemaker Gallery, London, UK

A Photo Romance, Riflemaker Gallery, London, UK

Arawak Renaissance: The Tribute Continues, New World Gallery, Anguilla, UK

Amerindians: Studies of a Lost People, Cotton Gin Art Gallery, Anguilla, UK

Visions of Ecstasy, Visionary Gallery, New York, NY

Secrets, Mirandy Gallery, London, UK
Inner Vision, Patrick Seale Gallery, London, UK

Opening, Angela Flowers Gallery, London, UK

Angela Flowers Gallery, London, UK

Group Exhibitions

Bitch Magic, Alma Pearl, London, UK
Block Party, Art Room, Los Angeles, CA
Whisper Their Sinful Names, Chez Max et Dorothea, Los Angeles, CA

WITCHES!, Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg, Germany
Lost Girls, presented by War Child, Flowers Gallery, London, UK
Weltgeist: Curated by Bjorn Stern, Galerie Kandlhofer, Vienna, Austria

Joan Didion: What She Means, curated by Hilton Als, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
On Sexuality, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London, UK
Sensitive Content, Unit London, London, UK
The Horror Show!, curated by Claire Catterall, Iain Forsyth, and Jane Pollard, Somerset House, London, UK
A Feminist Avant-Garde. Photographs and Performances of the 1970s from the Verbund Collection, Vienna, curated by Gabriele Schor, Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France
A Woman's Right To Pleasure, Sotheby's, Los Angeles, CA
Punk is Coming
, MoCA, Westport, CT
Oh Marilyn!, Gazelli Art House, London, UK

The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife, curated by Steven Pollock, Ruttkowski;68, Paris, France
Common Nocturnes, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY

5,471 miles, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA 
Pineal Eye Infection, curated by Aaron Moulton, Seasons, Los Angeles, CA
Tantra: Enlightenment to Revolution, British Museum, London, UK
Some of the Hole, Simian, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Botanical Mind. Art, Mysticism and the Cosmic Tree, curated by Gina Buenfeld and Martin Clark, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
LESS Festival of Contemporary Collage, Old Town Hall, Viborg, Denmark

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria
A Detached Hand, Magenta Plains, New York, NY
Cut and Paste |  400 Years of Collage, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh,

The Hired Grievers, curated by Jason Dodge, Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal
Visible Women, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, UK
The House of Fame, convened by Linder, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK
Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings, Tate St Ives, Cornwall, UK
Worshipping of Sticks and Stones, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA  2017
Room, Sadie Coles, London, UK Women House, Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France; traveled to National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.
Dreamers Awake, White Cube Bermondsey, London, UK
The Beguiling Siren is Thy Crest, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Poland 

History Is Now: 7 Artists Take on Britain, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
Thea Porter 70s Bohemian Chic, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, UK
Feminist Avant-garde of the 1970s from the Sammlung Verbund Collection, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany; traveled to The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK; Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Austria; Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany; Stavanger Kunstmuseum, Norway; The Brno House of Arts, Brno, Czech Republic

Cry Me a River, Etoile Polaire Lodge #1, New Orleans, LA

Lips Painted Red, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, Norway

Threat, Broadway 1602, New York, NY

The Dark Monarch, Tate Gallery, St. Ives, UK
Angles of Anarchy, Manchester Art Museum, Manchester, UK

Presentes Caraibes: 500 Years of Amerindian History, Fort Delgres, Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe

Addressing the Forbidden, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland

Imaginary Images, Floating Foundation of Photography, New York, NY
Rated X, Neikrug Gallery, New York, NY
EroticArt Photography, Jacques Baruch Gallery, Chicago, IL

Surrealism Unlimited 1968-1978, Camden Arts Center, London, UK
Metamorphosis, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Nude and Naked, Nicholas Treadwell Gallery, London, UK

XII Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Young and Fantastic, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

Film and Video Screenings

Visions of the Arawaks video, Mystic Fire, New York, NY

Sacred Sex, Cynthia Connop, Triple Image Fiulms, Australia

Leading role in Vibration, by Jane Arden and Jack Bond

Performed in and art direction The Other Side of the Underneath, directed by Jane Arden

Holocaust, All Women Theater Troupe

Awards and Grants

Achievement in Art grant, Cassandra Foundation, Illinois


Series of stamps for Government of Anguilla

On the Trail of the Arawaks, series of archaeological paintings for museum, Marigot, St Martin

Historical Murals for Anguilla Airport



Ades, Dawn. Photomontage (World of Art). London: Thames & Hudson, 2021.
Slinger, Penny. 50% The Visible Woman. Los Angeles: Blum & Poe, 2021.
Slinger, Penny and Carly Rae Jepsen. K1K – Carly Rae Jepsen X Penny Slinger. Berlin: King Kong Publications, 2021

Schor, Gabriel, ed. Feminist Avant-garde: Art of the 1970s: The Sammlung Verbund Collection, Vienna. Munich: Prestel, 2016: 330-339, 551.

Bhattacharya, B., Nik Douglas, and Penny Slinger. The Path of the Mystic Lover: Baul Songs of Passion and Ecstasy. Rochester, VT: Destiny Books, 1993.

Douglas, Nik and Penny Slinger. Sexual Secrets: The Alchemy of Ecstasy. Rochester, VT: Destiny Books, 1979.

Douglas, Nik and Penny Slinger. Mountain Ecstasy. Limpsfield: Dragons Dream, 1978.

Slinger, Penny. An Exorcism. London: Villiers, 1977.

Slinger, Penelope. 50% The Visible Woman. London: Nacis, 1971.

Articles and Reviews

Cumming, Laura. “On Sexuality: Helen Chadwick & Penny Slinger Review – Radical Bodies.”, December 18, 2022.
Penning, Monique. “An Ode to Female Pleasure Opens in LA.”, August 12, 2022.
Dambrot, Shana Nys. “Blackbook Explores a ‘Woman’s Right to Pleasure’ at Sotheby’s.”, August 4, 2022.
Silver, Hannah. “A Woman’s Right to Pleasure: The LA Exhibition Rewriting the History of Female Sexuality.”, July 19, 2022.
Chilcott, Robert. “The Dark Defines the Light.” F22/State Magazine (June 2022): 9–15.
“Why These 8 Artists Are Making NFTs.”, January 27, 2022.
Satchell-Baeza, Sophia. “Punk? Feminist? Surrealist? This 50-Year-Old Book Still Refuses to Be Labelled.”, January 16, 2022.

Perella, Vincent. “Penny Slinger’s New Exhibition: ‘50/50’.” OddaMagazine, December 16, 2021.
Shaw, Janna. “The Magic of Woman.” Fräulein Magazine 1 (January 2021): 154-161.
Southern, Lara. “Penny Slinger: My Body in a Box.”, January 28, 2021.
Mishra, Manish. “Couture Steeped in Tarot Symbolism.”, January 26, 2021.
Rossignot, Olivier and Audrey Jeamart. “Interview with Penny Slinger.”, January 2021.

Foster, Bonnie. “My Body in a Box.” Reserved Magazine 6 (2020).
Sisley, Dominique. “Ten Art and Photography Projects That Perfectly Captured Life in 2020.”, December 30, 2020.
"2016: Catherine Wagley – 'Interview with Penny Slinger,' Eliza Swann." Carla Magazine 20 (digital issue): 44.
“Anti-worlds Announce Penny Slinger: Out of the Shadows + Best before Death + Krabi 2562 in Second Wave of Blu-Rays for September 28.”, July 14, 2020. 
Dinsdale, Emily. “Nine Artists Who Capture the Transformative Power of Female Pleasure.”, July 30, 2020.
Jobey, Liz. “Angela Flowers on 50 Years at the Heart of British Art.” Financial Times, February 7, 2020.
Judah, Hettie. “The Occult's Return to Art: 'before, You'd Have Been Laughed Out of the Gallery.’”, November 4, 2020.
Moss, Jack. “Penny Slinger on Her Latest Series, Created in Response to the Pandemic.”, May 19, 2020.
Takeuchi, Craig. “Penny Slinger: Out of the Shadows Spotlights the Controversial Work of a Pioneering Feminist British Artist.”, October 20, 2020. 
Tope, Helen. “Film Review: Penny Slinger – Out of the Shadows.”, October 27, 2020.
Yalcinkaya, Gunseli. “All the Books to Read in July While on Staycation.”, July 10, 2020.

“9 Art Events in New York This Week: African Art Restitution, Jasper Johns, Frida Kahlo, and More.” Artnews, February 4, 2019.
Ahmed, Osman. "Feminism and Femininity at Maria Grazia Chiuri's Dior Couture Show." i
, July 2, 2019. 
Ashenden, Rachel. “‘I Am Using Myself As My Muse’: Interview with Feminist Surrealist, Penny Slinger.” Women Surrealists (blog), January 2019.
Baeza, Sophia Satchell. "The Visible Woman: In Conversation with Penny Slinger.", June 26, 2019. 
Binlot, Ann. "Dior Blends Functionality, Fire, and Feminism with the Help of Penny Slinger and Agnès Varda.", July 2, 2019. 
Charlesworth, J.J. “Penny Slinger.” ArtReview (Summer 2019): 50-57.
Davidson, Emma Elizabeth. "Dior Just Sent a Wearable Gold Doll’s House down the Runway at Couture.", July 1, 2019. 
Felperin, Leslie. " Penny Slinger: Out of the Shadows Review – Fascinating Career Re-Examination.", June 27, 2019. 
Godwin, Richard. "Swinging 60s Surrealist Penny Slinger: 'Collectors Thought I Came with the Art.'", June 27, 2019. 
Hutton, Belle. “Watch a Clip from a New Documentary about Radical Artist Penny Slinger.”, June 5, 2019.
Judah, Hettie. "Meet the Artist behind the Dior Couture Golden House Dress.", July 4, 2019. 
Kane, Ashleigh. "Art Shows to Leave the House for This Morning.", June 20. 2019. 
Liberty, Megan N. "Penny Slinger's Penny Slinger's 50% the Visible Woman and Inside Out." Brooklyn Rail, April 2019. 
“Parky at Pictures (In Cinemas 4/7/2019).”, July 3, 2019.
“Penny Slinger: Ecstasy + Expansion.”, January 2019.
Shaskevich, Helena. "Between Exorcism and Ecstasy Unraveling Penny Slinger." Osmos Magazine 18 (Summer 2019): 12-17.
Slinger, Penny. "Soundtracks to Ecstasy." Cultured Magazine (June/July/August 2019): 98-99. 
Taubin, Amy. “Shadow Play.”, January 24, 2019.
Warren, Kaylee. “Penny Slinger Invites Us to Unveil the Feminine Psyche in a New Tantric Exhibition.” Document Journal, February 6, 2019.
Woodward, Daisy. "Penny Slinger: The Radical British Artist Who’s Just Collaborated with Dior.", July 2, 2019. 

Gingeras, Alison. “The Collapse of America’s Moral Firewall: Sex in the Age of Trump.” In Other Words (Art Agency blog), July 10, 2018.
Bowie, Summer. "Penny Slinger." Autre Magazine vol. 2, no. 5 (Summer 2018): 24-29.
Murillo, Aimee. "Penny Slinger: Out of the Shadows Tracks the Career of the Lost Surrealist Artist." OC Weekly, May 10, 2018. 
"WIA Artist Profile: Penny Slinger." Women in Arts (blog), November 2, 2018. 

"5 Things We Loved at Frieze London." (blog), October 5, 2017.
Belcove, Julie L. "Sex and the Art of Radical Feminism." Financial Times, September 29, 2017. Burden, Zora. "Art, Feminism, Magic: an Interview with Penny Slinger (Part One)." The Wild Hunt (blog), April 16, 2017.
Budasz, Melissa. "Frieze 'Alt Feminisms' Panel Discussion & Sex Work: Feminist Art & Radical Politics.", October 5, 2017.
Gvero, Virna. "Frieze Sex Work: What Place Does Radical Feminist Art Have Within the Art Fair.", October 6, 2017.
Hollenbach, Misha and Shauna Toohey. "Energy is Fluid." UTOPIA Magazine, vol. 3 (2017): 9, 47.
Judah, Hettie. "Frieze London is Feisty and on Point.", October 5, 2017.
Lack, Jessica. "Nude Art and Censorship Laid Bare.", November 30, 2017.
Loos, Ted. "As Frieze London Matures, Choices Push Boundaries." New York Times, October 3, 2017.
"New Section for 'Sex Work' at Frieze London 2017.", October 7, 2017.  Rosado, Ana. "'Sex Work' Exhibition of Censored Feminist Art Finds Home at Frieze.", October 6, 2017.

“Penny Slinger: Dirty Girl.” Musée Magazine 16 (Chaos): 63-73.
Wagley, Catherine. "An Artist Puts a Dark Spin on 'Jack and the Beanstalk.'" LA Weekly, May 11, 2016.

Charlesworth, JJ. “Star Artists Curate Revelatory Survey of British History at London's Hayward Gallery.", February 11, 2015. 
Herriman, Kat, and Gay Gassmann. “Match the Artists With Their Childhood Art: Round Four.” T Magazine, October 8, 2015.
Martinez, Ricardo. "Penny Slinger at Blum & Poe." Widewalls, February 12, 2015.
McNay, Anna. "Penny Slinger: 'Being Different Is Just Who You Are. What You Do with It Is up to You.'" Studio International, April 8, 2015. 
Minato, Rui. "Penny Slinger Exhibition." GoKaN, March 8, 2015.
Wee, Darryl. "Penny Slinger Opens Solo Show in Tokyo." Blouin Artinfo, February 10, 2015.

Frey, Michaela. “The Feminist-surrealist Art of Penny Slinger.”, April 25, 2014.
Parreilli, Francis."A Direct Expression of Consciousness: An Interview with Artist Penny Slinger.", April 28, 2014.
Zhong, Fan. “Penny Slinger’s Journey.”, April 24, 2014.

Cotter, Holland. “Penny Slinger: An Exorcism Revisited 1977-2012.” New York Times, September 14, 2012.
Coghlan, Niamh. “Surrealist Explorations.” Aesthetica, no. 48 (August-September 2012): 50.
Haden-Guest, Anthony. "Penny Slinger, Judy Chicago and Feminist Art Today." Spear’s, November 20, 2012.
Taylor, Tot and Virginia Damtsa. Penelope Slinger: Hear What I Say. London: Riflemaker, 2012.

Sanders, John and R.H. Mason. Photography Year Book, 1980. Watford, England: Fountain Press, 1979.

Slinger, Penny. “An Exorcism.” Jack Yates, August 1978.

Blakeston, Oswell. “Photo Synthesis.” Sunday Telegraph, September 1977.
Woloshyn, Nadia. “Penny Slinger.” Arts Review, September 1977.

Ades, Dawn. Photomontage. London: Thames & Hudson, 1976.

Fuller, Peter. “Penny Slinger.” Connoisseur, October 1974.

Euan Duff, Arts Guardian, July 1973.
Spare Rib, “The Whole Truth,” 1973.
“Review of the 50% Visible Woman.” Rolling Stone, November 22, 1973.
Williams, Sheldon. “Penny Slinger’s Life.” Art and Artists, November 1973.

Lyton, Norbert. “Young and Fantastic.” Arts Guardian, July 1969.

Museum and Public Collections 

Farleys House & Gallery, Chiddingly, UK
Georges Marci Monet Collection, Gstaad, Switzerland
Museum of Drawers, Antwerp, Belgium
Sammlung Verbund Collection, Vienna, Austria 

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