Penelope Metcalf

Penelope Metcalf completed a BFA and MVA from Victorian College of the Arts. She has had 14 solo exhibitions over the last 20 years in Sydney and Melbourne, and her illustrations have appeared in The Penelope has been the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, an Australia Council New Works Grant and a Woollahra City Council Artist In Residence in 2016. She has also been an Artist in Residence at Artspace at the Gunnery Woolloomooloo and at Melbourne Grammar School. Penelope was a finalist in The Portia Geach Award and was selected for the Salon des Refuses Wynne Prize.

“In March of 2020 I relocated from Sydney to Melbourne. I began painting this series as winter set in, as the number of Covid-19 cases in Melbourne began to climb and a longer, more restrictive lockdown was imposed. Plein-air and landscape painting had become unviable. During my one hour of permitted daily exercise I would collect the flowers from around the neighbourhood. Artists often work in isolation, so I was grateful for the familiarity of my studio routine but more so for the subject matter. The luminescence and structural beauty of the magnolia flower provided a focus to counter the sense of dread and uncertainty. The title The Lions in Winter is a tribute to the magnolia’s fierce beauty” ~ Penelope Metcalf.


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