Monday, June 13, 2011

The Mistake That Made A Winner


It's not Pingu. It's not the promo for the upcoming "Happy Feet 2." It's not even one of Jim Carrey's line-dancing penguins in "Mr. Popper's Penguins," which will hit major theaters soon. It's just a penguin or the penguin in the artist's mind's eye.
This beautiful work of art is currently on display at London's much sought-after and exceedingly selective Saatchi Gallery after hurdling a rigorous selection process that involved 1,700 other entries. 

London's contemporary art house, the Saatchi Art Gallery: 



Rebekah Poulain, the artist's mother, admitted that it was her mistake that led to the painting's recognition. She told the British newspaper, The Sun that she originally meant to upload a photo online and by happenstance she unknowingly posted her daughter's painting in a public page that automatically entered it in a national arts competition. A year after, she got an email from contest organizers informing her that her daughter's painting won an arts contest. 
Rebekah thinks she's an idiot but her daughter thinks it's brilliant. And now, the painting hangs in a prestigious art gallery alongside prominent artists like Damien Hirst. 
Although the artist may not have a full grasp of the whole thing and the hoopla surrounding her innocent penguin painting, she's still liking it. "Does this mean I'm famous?" she asks the reporter. 

What do you think? Do you want to see whose magical hands painted the now famous penguin? 

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