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Elspeth Penfold | Collections | Saatchi Art

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Saturday, 4 October 2014

I am really looking forward to the Art Auction at the Horsebridge centre. You can check out these paintings during the preview exhibition.

                                                    "Mask" (2013) acrylic on canvas, 45 x36 cm



"View"(2013), acrylic on canvas  45 x 36 cm





Hope you find time to support the event, you can always offer a sealed bid by phone if you can't attend!



Horsebridge Art Auction 
Auction Saturday 25 October at 7pm 
Preview exhibition 16-25 October
Entry free to Auction and Exhibition 
A fun and fund-raising evening! Artists have freely and generously given artworks to be auctioned to raise money for the Centre. Never bid before? Now’s your chance to taste some auction adrenaline and maybe bag a masterpiece!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

 I have been making new work, while preparing for my artists talk at Anecdotes Design on Saturday October 11th as part of the Folkestone Triennial Fringe.

The first is acrylic and collage on paper. Sold on the day I finished it....I love the freedom of working on paper. As soon as it was done I knew its title, hope you can recognise the line from a  famous poem,

"as idle as a painted ship on a painted ocean"


The next two are acrylic on paper. I wanted to keep a record of the colours I was using, and the process reminded me of those prints you see in restaurants and hotels of flowers with  botanical annotations. 
 Flowers 2014

 Fruit 2014

In the painting below I took shapes and colours from the previous two images of works on paper onto canvas where I abstracted the original shapes and explored the space in between, which to my mind is as important to the final piece as the painted areas and gives cohesion to the painting. 

 Fallow, 2014,acrylic on canvas  60 x 46 cm

I like the simplicity of the work and how significant the colours have become as colour itself, rather than referencing or enhancing a figurative recognisable object. I suppose that that is the power of abstraction! Hope you enjoy looking at these.



Thursday, 11 September 2014

 I am enjoying preparing for this! I find it hard to talk about my work, but enjoy the process of reflection and revisiting ideas and sketches to get a feel for what I want to say. 

Hopefully some of you can make it! A big thank you to Barbara at Anecdotes Design for organising this event as  a part of the Folkestone Fringe Open.

"Flow" one of the paintings I'll be talking about at Anecdotes Design on October 11th

 I am looking forward to another visit to Folkestone to  visit some of the artists works at the Triennial. Its worth checking out the Triennial blog before going as there is so much to see. 

You can check out the Folkestone Triennial here http://folkestoneartworks.co.uk/

and don"t forget the Folkestone Fringe Open. There are some wonderful pieces like "The Castle"by artists Hollington and Kyprianou, who are making subtle and sometimes less subtle interventions in the town's Wilko Hardware Store!

"a shifting, changing homage to the everyday and ordinary of 2014, overlapping the language of the museum and the gallery  with that of the retail environment at the point where sculpture, product design and branding intersect."

I have a degree of empathy with this as my two most recent exhibitions have involved displaying work in retail shops and I have enjoyed the experience and the dialogue that ensues about my work. At Whit knits in Whitstable (see previous blog postings) someone said to Linda Tilley, but this is a work of art, referring to my window display of the woven and knitted Lobster. Interesting how hopefuly the art shines through and doesn't need to be placed in the gallery to make it art.

For more about the Fringe http://www.fringeopen.com/events/ 

Hope you enjoy reading this and have time to visit.


But....Is it Art?





Sunday, 31 August 2014

Delighted to have these paintings on show at Anecdotes Design in Folkestone as part of the Triennial fringe. These paintings are all about layering colours, using acrylic paint and eventually blocking, to create pieces which reveal a view within and also looking out of the landscape. I use a palette knife and in some of them I use sandpaper to reveal what is underneath. Eventually I get to a point where I feel I know where to block to create a piece.

 For more about Anecdotes Design http://www.anecdotesdesign.com/

 For more about this event at the Folkestone Fringe Open please visit http://www.fringeopen.com/event/look-for-colour/
 "cliff" 2014, acrylic on canvas, 45 x 36 cm

 "Tides", 2014, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 45 cm

 "Cove", 2014, acrylic on canvas, 45 x 36 cm

 Drift, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 45 x 36 cm

"Sculpted", 2013, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 cm

 "Flow", 2013, acrylic on canvas, 45 x 36 cm

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Espacio Gallery opening today, PV tonight on from the 31st until the 12th of August! 
 Hope you can make it.
 "Urban Footprint", mixed media , 86 x 48cm
One of the paintings I will be showing.

Hope you are having a great summer.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

 My window installation at Whitknits was runner up  for the best dressed window at the Whitstable Oyster Festival 2014.
 Hope you can make it down over the next two weeks as there are some wonderful events including the outdoor cinema on Tankerton slopes.

How the piece developed:

It started with a conversation at my "Knitting Jam" during the Whitstable Biennale in May
It then developed over time.......





and I added other elements
Like the fishing net from the Oyster Festival 2012 which was part of my commissioned installation Titled "Gaucho Sunset".
As well as my Garden Picture made in 2010 using woven fishing line I found on the beaches in Whitstable and in Chile.
Final Piece 



Also a brief mention of Pintar Rapido 2014
 "Chelsea Rooftops from the Cafe at Peter Jones" 2014 mixed media on paper, 84 x 63 cm, framed

Can't believe that  this time last week I was painting in the cafe at Peter Jones for Pintar Rapido 2014. Many thanks to the manager at Peter Jones who was so helpful and also Roger Beckett of Pintar Rapido with his wonderful team of volunteers.

 Am delighted to have been contacted by the Chelsea Framers gallery on the Kings Road to take part in their "Telling the Story", plein air event in September. Looking forward to it!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Busy time. So, I thought I'd better post news about the events/exhibitions I will be taking part in from July to August.
Today is the last day of the Creek Creative summer show in Faversham where one of the paintings I have been exhibiting is "Tankerton View" 50 x 50 cm.


I have been drawing and making studies for Pintar Rapido which takes place on July 19th and ends with an exhibition at Chelsea Town Hall on July 20th. Pintar Rapido is painting in a day in Kensington and Chelsea.  There are over 400 artists from all over the world taking part. I took part last year and it was a geat event. You can visit the show at Chelsea Town Hall on the Sunday or come and have a wander on Saturday, there are artists painting in various locations, you can't miss them. I think I will be in the restaurant area at Peter Jones ( where else!!). 

If you would like  an invite for the Sunday exhibition please let me know. For more about Pintar Rapidohttp://www.pintarrapido.com/london/index.html

I have also been working on an exciting project for the Whitstable Oyster Festival and will be posting more news about that nearer the time. In the meantime hope some of you will make it to Whitstable. The festival starts on July 26th. Let me know if you are coming.... 

For more about the Oyster Festival http://whitstableoysterfestival.co.uk/

Finally I am looking forward to taking part in a group show titled "Urban Angles" at Espacio Gallery from July 31st until 12th of August. I'll be sending out invites to the PV, if you would be interested in coming please contact me.

Hope you are all enjoying the lovely summer weather .








Sunday, 1 June 2014

Knitting Jam photo/diary. Thank you all for your help.



Damon (JB Sounds herne Bay) setting up.
A new venture for Damon.
Annie Taylor takes charge. Thank you Annie!
 Up and running

Linda from Whitknits testing the large knitting needles! Couldn't have done it without you Linda.



Friday, 30 May 2014

'Knitting Jam"

Looking forward to taking part in "Knitting Jam" tomorrow May 31st at Keams Yard Gallery, next to the Oyster Fishery and Keams Yard car park in Whitstable, from 4pm until 8 pm.

Part of the Whitstable Biennale satellite program.


Please join us, to take part in "knitting as you have never seen it done before", to quote Linda from Whitknits.



We will be knitting using different materials with the knitting needles wired up to microphones.
A big thank you to JB Sounds from Herne bay who is supporting us in this venture and of course
to Linda at Whitknits ,https://www.facebook.com/Whitknits.UK for her support and encouragement throughout.

Hope you can make it!....if you can't I'll be posting photos.


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Really looking forward to being part of the show that opens the New Gallery at Keams Yard Whitstable from April 4th until the 17th, PV this Saturday April 5th from 6 p.m.

These are the paintings I am exhibiting, together with dimensions.... As you might be able to work out from the images I am thinking Flotsam and Jetsam....Hope you know the difference!

"A Journey" 

" a Journey" 2013, collage transfer and acrylic on unprimed canvas, 31cm x 31 cm



 "Jetsam", 2014, Acrylic and collage on canvas, 70 x 50 cm
(SOLD)











"Flotsam"1, 2014 , oil on canvas, 20 x20 cm


 "Flotsam" set of 4, 2014, oil on canvas 20 x 20 cm each
"Thinking Threads", 2014, oil on canvas, 50 x 50 cm

You can also see my prints which are part of the East Kent Printmakers exhibition at the Whitstable Museum and Gallery and the Herne Bay Museum and Gallery until 1 June

 'A Fine Line',2014, collagraph print 

 "Viracocha", 2014 collagraph print


Friday, 7 March 2014

News from the studio

My last posting was in November about the Paysage 13 exhibition at The Suisse Art Space in Laussanne.... so time for an update!

Espacio Gallery, "Heaven and Hell" exhibition

I had a great Christmas and early in the New Year through to February  I exhibited in the "Heaven and Hell" exhibition at Espacio Gallery, on Bethnall Green Rd. Many thanks to all of you who came. It was a great space and I really enjoyed working with the Espacio team. A big thank you to Carlos de Lins and Ahmed and the rest of the team for selecting curating and hanging the exhibition.

I am delighted to have been accepted as one of Espacio's artists and look forward to showing at the gallery again in 2014.

Forthcoming exhibitions:

East Kent Printmakers 2014 @Whitstable Museum and Gallery from 27 March to 18 May 2014

I am delighted to have my work included in this exhibition. Thank you to Manda Gifford and the selection panel as well as the Print Block and Whitstable Framing for sponsoring. 
please let me know if you are visiting as I will try to be there to meet you and show you around.
 "Viracocha", Collograph, printing block ink on paper

 "A Fine Line", Collograph and Printing block ink on paper

There are also a couple of pieces of earlier work which I made during my time at the Artichoke studios in Brixton,  using lino-cut relief printing. They are in the browser unframed.

For info about the Whitstable Museum and Art Gallery:

http://www.canterbury.co.uk/museums/whitstable-museum/

I have also been invited to exhibit at the New Gallery space opening at Keams Yard from April 4th until April 17th. I am looking forward to showing some of my new paintings in the series "Thinking Threads". For more about Keams yard:

I think you will agree its a wonderful Gallery in a great location, facing the sea and right next to some wonderful restaurants and pubs as well as the car park...always handy!

Thinking Threads study 20 x 20 cm oil on canvas

Finally I am delighted to be taking part in the Whitstable Biennale 2014 as part of its Satellite programme and am showing (if that is the word!) a sound installation on Saturday May 31st. The work ties in very much with "Thinking Threads" ......
More details to follow nearer the time. For information about the Whitstable Biennale 2014   http://www.whitstablebiennale.com/

There are couple of more projects in the pipeline.....more about that later!