Pennie Pomroy

Parlour Games
Parlour Games 2011
oil on canvas
150 x 120cm

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Brief biography

Born in Sydney in 1979, Pennie Pomroy completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (painting) at the National Art School, Sydney in 2003. She then continued with postgraduate studies in printmaking at The Slade Institute, London. She is currently based in Sydney and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally. She was awarded the Fourth Floor Gallery Prize for excellence in painting at the National Art School Sydney in 2003 and was commissioned by Visa to create paintings for the Rugby World Cup also in 2003. Her works are represented in private collections in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and France.

About the works

Start quotationWhy, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.End quotation
Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll

Working across a variety of media including oil painting, printmaking and silver jewellery, Pennie Pomroy enthusiastically communicates something that is often lost in adult life: a vivid sense of imagination and whimsy. Her sumptuous paintings juxtapose fantasy with images of times past and are reminiscent of the inspired nonsense found in Lewis Carroll's, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in their uninhibited expression of youthful exuberance. In Parlour Games 2011 and Kitchen Capers 2011, Pomroy creates bizarre, odd and remarkable giant playgrounds from which animals and people come to life while emphasising the beauty and magic found in imagined worlds. Painted in a realistic style, the subject matter of her paintings, set in domestic interiors of a time long ago are ridiculous scenarios, that is, they are sensorial worlds of childhood, where all things appear taller and more extreme than in reality and where animals reign supreme. Parallels can be drawn between Pomroy's work and the Romantic artists of the 1800s who exalted individualism, subjectivism, irrationalism, imagination, emotions and nature over reason and intellect. Fascinated with nature, they saw the imagination as a gateway to a transcendent experience. Her works encourage adults to rediscover their early childhood, and to remember the fascination of a world where the sky was the limit.

Works in the Allens collection

Parlour Games 2011
oil on canvas, 150 x 120cm

Kitchen Capers 2011
oil on canvas, 122 x 152cm