Penny Bovell

Penny Bovell playfully explores the many meanings of aerial phenomena by weaving a carefully constructed and enduring commentary about the subject, the nature of art and the act of viewing. Her work attempts to find expression for how humans understand the universe and being in the world.

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Ring Road I, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 157 x 136cm
Ring Road I, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 157 x 136cm | Penny Bovell

Born in Mount Barker, Penny Bovell is a fifth generation Western Australian and now lives in Fremantle. A Masters graduate of Fine Art from The University of Western Australia in 1999, Penny also studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London.

Penny Bovell’s painting and site-specific artwork explores human relationships to air and other phenomena. Since 1989 she has focused on the sky’s amazing potential as immaterial, abstract and invisible. Like the land, air is a commodity; it is an icon of sentiment and nostalgia as well as the subject of science.

Penny playfully explores the many meanings of aerial phenomena by weaving a carefully constructed and enduring commentary about the subject, the nature of art and the act of viewing. Her work has dealt with clouds, air, the weather and climate change and more recently explores the notion of deep space and cosmology. In other words, attempting to find expression for how humans understand the universe and being in the world.

Her artworks are held in many significant collections across Australia and her urban art projects can be found in numerous locations in Western Australia.