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Sticks and stones may break my bones…but art will never hurt me. Or something like that.

Jennifer Allnutt is a contemporary artist from Melbourne, Australia who specializes in portraits with an illusionist twist. Her work is realistic and provocative leaving you effected after seeing them.

On her website her paintings are described as, ” In her surrealistic portraits she explores the uncanny, the unconscious mind, transformation and identity. Her works often grapple to find a way to visually express feelings and desires that we repress.”

Recently, she took her art from inside the studio and out into nature. According to Bored Panda, she took up residency with Q Bank Gallery in Queenstown, Tasmania. An area known to be a mining town was filled with interesting shaped rocks. This sparked an idea for Allnutt’s Painted Eye Project, in which she creates realistic human eyes on the faces of rocks. She then sets them back into the landscape to be, as she says, “found or lost forever.”

“Queenstown has an extensive mining history and there were many unusual rocks everywhere. So I began a collection and what started as something for myself grew into a treasure hunt/community art project.”

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Realised I never posted my Painted Eye Project here. I've had such an amazing response to them and have been blown away by the amount of people who have reached out to me! Good news is I intend to make more in the future and will post here when they are available for purchase as well as the ones I leave in the landscape 😊 Thanks everyone for the kind words and your support!

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In her post she says…

“I’ve had such an amazing response to them and have been blown away by the amount of people who have reached out to me!

Good news is I intend to make more in the future and will post here when they are available for purchase as well as the ones I leave in the landscape

Thanks everyone for the kind words and your support!”

This has become such a hit for her portfolio, she has them for sale in her studio.

But don’t worry if you can’t fly to Melbourne in person. She sells them on her site as well.