Penny Herbert - WA Society of Arts

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Penny Herbert is a third generation artist who spent her early life in England. Her early artistic training was at home with her father, a studio-trained amateur painter, and her mother, active in textile arts.

Penny also had some formal training in Chinese painting from Nancy Kuo. After obtaining a Ph.D. in Chinese Studies at Cambridge University, Penny migrated to Australia to pursue an academic career. She has painted full time since 2003. She works mainly in watercolour and also paints silk scarves and crafts other wearable items.

Penny's artistic vision is informed by training in western watercolour painting and by many years of life and study in East Asia. From Chinese and Japanese philosophy, she draws the concept of art as meditation on the life force shared by nature and artist.

In Australia, Penny has found the space and tranquillity in which to develop her practice to include other media and wearable art. She is one of a group of artists who are students of Leonie Dobrowolski and also exhibits regularly with the West Australian Society of Arts.

Solo Exhibitions

"Outside, Inside" (Spooky Hall, York, WA, 2006)
"Flowers of Every Hue" (South Perth Civic Centre Library, WA, 2005)

Selected Joint Exhibitions

"Organic" (Burt Street Gallery, Cottesloe, WA, 2010)
"Waters of Life"(Tresillian Cultural Centre, Nedlands, WA, 2009)
"Wonderful West" (Lumiere Gallery, Cottesloe, 2008)
"Accent on Art I~III (Accent Gallery, Dalkeith, WA, 2006-08)
Minnawarra Art Awards (invitational) (Armadale, WA, 2006-09)
"Family Trees: Three Generations of Artists" (Heritage House Cultural Centre, South Perth, WA, 2006)
West Australian Society of Arts exhibitions (variously Subiaco, Dalkeith and York, WA, 2004~2009)
"Take One" (Monart Gallery, Dalkeith, WA, 2004)


Highly Commended, Watercolour Section, Cossack Art Awards, 2010
Margaret River Rotary Art Exhibition prize, sponsored by Water Corporation, Bunbury, WA, 2008


Mail - Rara Avis Studio, PO Box Z5700, Perth St George's Terrace, WA 6831
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