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Penny Byrne, Artist Case Study

Penny Byrne, Artist Case Study

Penny Byrne > Biography

Penny Byrne is a Melbourne based visual artist who uses materials such as vintage porcelain figurines and other found objects, and more recently bronze and glass to formulate powerful political creations. Penny completed a Bachelor of Art (Fine Art Ceramics) at RMIT University, Melbourne (1987), and later a Graduate Diploma (Ceramics and Glass Conservation and Restoration) at West Dean College, West Sussex, UK (1990). Her qualifications and experience as a respected ceramics conservator informs her practice, rendering her works as meticulous and studied subversions. Penny presented solo show, Ettonez Moi, at Fehily Contemporary in 2014, and is now represented by the gallery. Other recent solo shows include, IPROTEST (2013), Art Basel in Hong Kong with Sullivan + Strumpf; Life is a Riot (2012), Albury Library Museum, Albury, NSW and Political Porcelain (2011-2012), Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra. Penny’s work is included in several Australian collections including, Artbank, Lyonhouse Museum, The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House Canberra and private collections in Australia and overseas.


Penny Byrne > Case Study

Penny Byrne was a postcard winner of the Linden Postcard Show in 2005, and has since been a finalist in many art and sculpture awards. Her meticulously reworked porcelain figurines were exhibited as part of Linden’s exhibition, Haunts and Follies2012. Penny feels her experience of exhibiting at Linden was extremely positive. Exhibiting at Linden triggered several careers coups for Penny such as being invited to present work from Haunts and Follies in the groundbreaking MELBOURNE NOW exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria; being approached to be represented by Fehily Contemporary and being involved in significant international projects. Penny would recommend exhibiting at Linden to other artists and appreciated the unique architectural features of the historic building. Please find out more about Penny Byrne > HERE and HERE

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