artist paints eyes on stones and then returns them to the place where she found them

artist paints eyes on stones and then returns them to the place where she found them

melbourne-based artist jennifer allnutt creates images which move across realism and illusionism. her hyperrealistic paintings contain elements that makes one wonder if they’re from this world or not. ‘I’m fascinated by those in-between, grey areas, intangibles and ambiguities and then fusing these into the physicality and language of paint,’ comments allnutt on her artistic practice.

all images courtesy of jennifer allnutt



while doing an artistic residency at queenstown’s Q bank gallery, allnutt started the project of transforming collected rocks by painting eyes on them with her distinctive style. but the plan didn’t stop there, she then returned them to the landscape with the wish of someone founding them or for them to be lost forever. ‘queenstown has an extensive mining history and there are many unusual rocks everywhere,’ the artist told bored panda. ‘so I began a collection and what started as something for myself grew into a treasure/hunt community art project.’



the rocks, which can be a little sinister to some, have become an internet sensation. and when not painting eyes on stones, jennifer allnutt creates surrealist portraits, where she explores the odd, the unconscious mind, transformation and identity.



project info:


author: jennifer allnutt

project: eyes on stones

gallery: q bank gallery

  • I can imagine walking up on one… spooky. Betcha, 99% get carried off. Too bad.


    Jimmy Xi says:
  • I think this is a great idea! Eyes see everything and all that happens around us, even if we don’t realize it with cameras in our world capturing us during our most vulnerable times. This is a very important lesson reminding you that God is always there with His ever-seeing eye to watch over, guide, and protect you.

    Darren Carpenter says:
  • If I ever found one I’d mail it back to her. Keep your litter out of nature.

    A Guy says:
  • I feel like it would be slightly more surreal with mouths.

    kgy121 says:
  • Jimmy Xi. Wait until you die. There is no god. Lmao

    No god says:

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