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Jacqueline Lou Skaggs

Jacqueline Lou Skaggs
Painting on copper has a fairly long history in art, achieving a particular popularity among northern European artists in the 16th Century, and still has its contemporary proponents. Likewise the painting of miniatures also has a long history in art and is practiced by a number of contemporary artists. In the early 20th century, the Dadaists began experimenting with what would come to be known as “found art”, making already existing objects into art pieces.

In her series, Tondi observations, one of the three series currently displayed on her website, contemporary artist Jacqueline Lou Skaggs brings these three seemingly disparate genres together in twelve works — painting miniature oil paintings on the copper surface of discarded U.S. pennies.

Interestingly, as she points out in her description of the series, her actions elevate the value of the coins while simultaneously defacing them.

As you view the works, the individual large images can be clicked on for larger versions.

[Via Kottke]

Tondi observations, Jacqueline Lou Skaggs


11 responses to “Jacqueline Lou Skaggs”

  1. Amazing! Love it!

  2. Wow! I love this idea, I never thought of painting on coins before, and suddenly I want to do it too!

  3. I;m just a consumer and wondering if they (the penny paintings are for sale?

    thank you would like to know.


  4. Sharla Carr Avatar
    Sharla Carr

    I really would love to put my recently departed mother in laws picture on a penny as it was her name. It would mean so much. How could I do this?

  5. AWESOME!!!

  6. Shubhangi Avatar

    These are gorgeous! I have seen many miniatures from India but I have never seen Impressionist miniatures……these are beautiful!

  7. Heather Davies Avatar
    Heather Davies

    I would love one of these, are they for sale

  8. Do you need to prep the pennies with anything before painting?

  9. marlyn wood kelley Avatar
    marlyn wood kelley

    Is it possible that I can try this? LOVE!

    1. Why not give it a go? You may want to do a quick search on painting on copper for technique.