Penelope Gilbert-Ng ‘s journey as an artist started aged 3, Studied at East Sydney Technical College late teens (Diploma of Painting, 1971) and furthering her development with her painting in isolation in Papua New Guinea (13 years). On returning to Australia 1986 studied with noted artists in Australia, New York (Pastel Society of America Scholarship), and New Mexico (International Association of Societies Convention).
Penelope believes that continual learning is essential for self-development as an artist. She is Past President of Pastel Society of Australia and Master Pastellist with the Pastel Society of Australia, Past President and Fellow of the Royal Qld Art Society and sought after tutor with Art Societies and Groups Nationally in all mediums. Penelope has been a finalist in the Archibald and Portia Geach Portrait Prizes and has had numerous solo and joint exhibitions.
Her commissioned paintings are represented in corporate/ private collections worldwide. Winner of many competitions combining knowledge and dedication to her art has enabled her to judge shows since 2002. Penelope has written 7 articles for The Australian Artist Magazine (Dec 2000, March 2006). Australian Artist July 2009/ April 2011 “How did you do that”. Portrait painting July 2012. May 2013 Acrylic portraiture. October 2013 Acrylic What comes next? Demonstrated (by invitation) at the International Association of Pastel Societies (Portraiture) May 2009 Albuquerque, New Mexico USA. Tutored for Artemis Art Tours Greek Islands October 2012. Tutored again for Artemis Art Tours Greek Islands May 2014.Guest Artist/Tutor/Judge at Pastel Society Of New Zealand Pastel Convention May 2015.
I am a painter that is who I am. I have painted all my life and continually studied, explored and enjoyed my learning processes on how I want to communicate visually to an audience. For me the effect of light on my subjects and the shadows created by a light source are in a sense equally important in creating the shapes, tone and composition required to make an enjoyable painting. I paint in all mediums but pastels’ spontaneous response and multitudes of hues and tones are so exciting especially when painting from life I never cease to be amazed by the results. I don’t paint photographically but do believe in portraying and responding to what I see, simplifying and eliminating detail so as to make the viewers’ eyes work as well. My mark making is bold and confident yet shows a sensitivity to my subjects. When I paint the adrenalin flows and energy transforms into my work. I cannot think of any better way to spend my time than painting. We are truly blessed as artists. My teaching has been a wonderful source of learning as I have learned so much from my students. I love sharing with my students what I have learned. I first played with pastels over 45 years ago but seriously concentrated on using them for the past 30 years. I have learned about colour by using pastels. I have found the speed of using pastel so wonderful when working with a model as I love the individual skin colours of each model and how the light affects that colour. Pastel is the perfect medium to work from life. Plein Air painting and working from a set up still life with a light source with warm or cool lighting is always a joy. We as artists are responsible to uplift our audience from the horrors that seem to be present on an everyday basis.
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-Tutored twice at the Greek Islands Artemis Tours 3 week painting holidays
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