Gallery Rouge is pleased to announce that it now represents the spontaneous and and energetic paintings of distinguished artist, Penny Warden.
Penny is known for her major public commissions in the North of England, including The Phoenix Series; comprising 14 6ft oil paintings which have been seen by many thousands of people whilst on a solo tour of 10 English cathedrals. In 2004 as a ‘rising artist’, Penny was chosen to exhibit her religious work in St Paul’s Cathedral alongside Tracy Emin, Bill Viola, Craigie Aitchison, Maggie Hambling and other prominent British artists, in an innovative and exciting national exhibition called “Presence: Images of Christianity for the Third Millennium.”
The artist holds degrees in both Theology and Fine Art and these periods of study inform and guide her practice. After becoming a professional artist full time in 2001, Penny gained national attention for her experimental approach, working in partnership with oil paint to forge a new vibrant image out of a familiar well-known form. The sense of movement and vibrancy, which is Penny’s trademark, is especially evident in her figurative oil paintings. She also paints and draws with the same lively expression horses, still life, musical instruments and flowers.
In 2005 Penny was commissioned by Blackburn Cathedral for “a major project of national significance” consisting of the permanent display of fifteen 6ft figurative paintings based on the Stations of the Cross. With accolades from Desmond Tutu who deemed the work “wonderfully creative” and visited by Condoleezza Rice, USA Secretary of State, this is “the most significant contemporary artistic commission in any church in the land. This extraordinary exhibition will be seen by generations to come.”
Penny Warden is finding her place in artistic history and Gallery Rouge is delighted to add her paintings to its portfolio of artists leading the field in the international art market.