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Penny Slinger born 1947, London, England. Currently residing in California.

1966 Pre diploma at West Surrey College of Art.
1969 Graduated from Chelsea College of Art, First class honors Diploma in Art and Design.
1969 While working on her thesis on Max Ernst, Penny met Sir Roland Penrose who became her patron.
1969 Penny exhibited her Surrealist work in ‘Young and Fantastic’ at the Institute of Contemporary Art.
1971 Penny created her first book, ‘50%The Visible Woman’, while at college
1971 solo exhibitions at the Angela Flowers Gallery, London.
1973 exhibition ‘Opening’, Angela Flowers Gallery, featured erotic table tops, ‘Mouthpieces’ and the Bride’s Cake photo series.
1971 Art direction (with Carolee Scheeman) ‘Four Little Girls’ by Picasso, Open Space Theater, London.
1971 Penny performed with the first all woman theater troupe in England called ‘Holocaust’, performing ‘A New Communion for Freaks, Prophets and Witches’ at Open Space Theaterand Edinburgh Festival.
1973 performed in and art directed feature film, ‘The Other Side of the Underneath’
1977 publication of ‘An Exorcism’, 1971 a collage ‘photo roman’ documenting a woman’s journey of self discovery, set in a derelict mansion house.
1978 After Penny discovered Tantra, she published ‘Mountain Ecstasy’, a set of full color erotic collage landscapes.
1977/79 Publication of “The Secret Dakini Oracle” divination card deck, book and charts- co-written with Nik Douglas and featuring Penny’s original artwork.
1979 Pubication of ‘Sexual Secrets, the Alchemy of Ecstasy’ was published with over 600 drawings, bringing teachings on sexual mysticism from Eastern cultures to a Western audience. It has been translated into many languages and sold worldwide.
1979-1994 Penny lived in the Caribbean where she created a series of artworks on the original inhabitants of the islands.
1994 Penny made the video ‘Visions of the Arawaks’, a journey into the heart of an indigenous people.
1994 Penny moved to California and built a multi media studio for photography, performing arts and video.
2009 Penny’s work was featured in ‘Angels of Anarchy’, a major exhibition of female Surrealist artists, at the Manchester Art Museum and in ‘The Dark Monarch’ exhibit at the Tate Gallery.
2011 online release of the ’64 Dakini Oracle’ online, a divinatory system depicting 64 feminine archetypes.
2012 ‘Exorcism Revisited’ at Broadway 1602 Gallery, New York
2012 ‘Hear What I Say’ at Riflemaker Gallery, London.
2014 ‘Penny Slinger’ at Blum and Poe Gallery, Los Angeles.

Solo Exhibitions:

2015 ‘Penny Slinger’, Blum and Poe Gallery, Tokyo.
2014 ‘Penny Slinger’, Blum and Poe Gallery, Los Angeles.
2012 ‘Exorcism Revisited’, Broadway 1602 Gallery, New York.
2012 ‘Hear What I Say’, Riflemaker Gallery, London.
2011 ‘A Photo Romance’, Riflemaker Gallery, London.
1993 ‘Arawak Renaissance- The Tribute Continues’, New World Gallery, Anguilla.
1992 ‘Amerindians- Studies of a Lost People’, Cotton Gin Art Gallery, Anguilla.
1982 ‘Visions of Ecstasy’, Visionary Gallery, New York
1977 ‘Secrets’, Mirandy Gallery, London.
1977 ‘Inner Vision’, Patrick Seale Gallery, London.
1973 ‘Opening’ Angela Flowers Gallery, London.
1971 Solo exhibition Angela Flowers Gallery. London.

Group Exhibitions (partial):

2015 ‘History Is Now’, Hayward Gallery, London.
2015 ‘Thea Porter 70s Bohemian Chic’, Fashion & Textile Museum, London.
2015 ‘The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s’, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
2014 ‘Woman’, Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels.
2014 ‘Paris Photo’, Paramount Studios, Los Angeles.
2013 ‘Lips Painted Red’, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway.
2011 ‘Threat’, Broadway 1602, New York.
2009 ‘The Dark Monarch’, Tate Gallery, St Ives
2009 ‘Angels of Anarchy’, Manchester Art Museum.
1993 ‘Presentes Caraibes- 500 Years of Amerindian History’, Fort Delgres, Guadaloupe.
1992 ‘Addressing the Forbidden’, Edinburgh Art Festival.
1982 ‘Imaginary Images’, Floating Foundatiopn of Photography, New York.
1982 ‘Rated X’, Neikrug Gallery, New York
1982 ‘Erotic Art Photography’, Jacques Baruch Gallery, Chicago.
1978 ‘Surrealism and Company in this Decade’, Camden Arts Center, London.
1978 ‘Metamorphosis’, University of Cambridge, England.
1974 ‘Nude and Naked’ Nicholas Treadwell Gallery, London
1973 Exhibited in the 12th Bienal de São Paulo
1969 ‘Young and Fantastic’ Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.

Artist’s Publications:

*’The Path of the Mystic Lover—Baul Songs of Passion and Ecstasy’ by B. Bhattacharya with Nik Douglas and Penny Slinger: Cover and 84 original drawings by Penny, Destiny Books, 1993.
* ‘Sexual Secrets: The Alchemy of Ecstasy’ by Nik Douglas and Penny Slinger, including more than 600 line drawings by Ms. Slinger. 1979, Destiny Books. New anniversary edition 2000.
* ‘Mountain Ecstasy’ – full color collages and poetry by Penny Slinger and Nik Douglas, Dragons Dream, 1978.
* ‘Secret Dakini Oracle’ divination card deck by Penny Slinger and Nik Douglas, US Games and Systems 1977. Re-released as ‘ Tantric Dakini Oracle’, Inner Traditions, 2003.
* ‘An Exorcism’—a book of surreal photo-collage by Penny Slinger, with introduction by Sir Roland Penrose, Villiers publications, 1977.
* ‘50% The Visible Woman’, collages and poetry by Penelope Slinger, Empty Eye, 1971.

Other Publications:

* ‘The Erotic Sentiment in the Paintings of China and Japan’, Nik Douglas and Penny Slinger, Inner Traditions, 1990.
* ‘Would the Buddha Wear a Walkman?’, Hoper and Teresi, 1990.
* ‘The Erotic Sentiment in the Paintings of India and Nepal’ (with Nik Douglas), Inner Traditions,1989
* ‘Scrapbook of Anguilla’s Revolution’, Ronald Webster, Seabreakers, 1987.
* ‘The Pillow Book’ by Nik Douglas and Penny Slinger, Destiny Books, 1981.
* ‘The Enlightened Ones in Sacred Buddhist Art’ by Nik Douglas, Kreitman Gallery,1980.
* ‘How Does It Feel?’, Ed Mick Csaky, Harmony Books, 1979.
* ‘Photography Year Book 1979’ , ed John Saunders, Fountain Press, 1979.
* ‘Copy Art’ by Firpo, Alexander, Katayanagi & Ditlea, Putnam Publishing Group,1978.
* ‘The Book of Matan’, ed Nik Douglas, Spearman Books, London, 1977
* ‘Photomontage’, Dawn Ades, Thanes and Hudson, 1976.

Theater and Film:

1994 ‘Visions of the Arawaks’ video, Mystic Fire, New York.
1992 ‘Sacred Sex’ Cynthia Connop, Triple Image Fiulms, Australia.
1974 Leading role in ‘Vibration’ by Jane Arden and Jack Bond.
1973, Performed in and art direction ‘The Other Side of the Underneath’, directed by Jane Arden.
1971-73 ‘Holocaust’ All Women Theater Troupe.
1971 ‘The 4 Little Girls’ by Pablo Picasso, art direction and costume design.

Awards:

1973 ‘Achievement in Art’ grant, Cassandra Foundation, Illinois.

Commissions:

1989 ‘Historical Murals’ for Anguilla Airport
1990-91 ‘On the Trail of the Arawaks’ series of archaeological paintings for museum, Marigot, St Martin.
1993 Two series of stamps for Government of Anguilla.

Collections (partial):

The Penrose Collection, Farley Farm , England.
Georges Marci Monet Collection, Gstaad, Switzerland.
The Museum of Drawers, Antwerp.
Thea Porter Collection, London.
Verbund Collection, Vienna, Austria.
Collection Florence de Saint Piere, Paris.
Collection Amy Gold, New York
Collection Francis Williams, New York
Collection Thomas Koerfer
Collection Gerald and Sandra Feinberg, Boston, USA
Collection Stefan Stolitzka, Austria
Collection Young Kim, New York.

Reviews (partial):

Spears, ‘Penny Slinger, Judy Chicago and Feminist Art Today’,Anthony Haden-Guest, November 2012
New York Times, An Exorcism Revisited 1977-2012 ‘, Holland Cotter, September 2012.
Aesthetica magazine, ‘Surrealist Explorations’, Niamh Cogland, August, 2012
Riflemaker Publication, ‘In Absence of Form’ Maxa Zoller, 2012.
The Artist, ‘An Exorcism’, Jack Yates, August 1978.
Arts Review, ‘Penny Slinger’,Nadia Woloshyn, September 1977.
Sunday Telegraph ‘Photo Synthesis,Oswell Blakeston, September 1977
Connoisseur, ‘Penny Slinger’, by Peter Fuller, October 1974.
Art and Artists,’Penny Slinger’s Life’, Sheldon Williams,November 1973
Arts Guardian, Euan Duff, July, 1973.
Spare Rib, ‘The Whole Truth’, Laura Mulvey, 1973.
Rolling Stone, Review of 50% The Visible Woman’, November 22, 1973.
Arts Guardian, ‘Young and Fantastic’, Norbert Lynton, July, 1969.