Artist paints land of wonder
Thursday, 17th November, 2016
By Andrew Robertson
For an artist who paints “intermittently”, Pennie Pomroy has certainly created an impressive array of works for her largest ever solo exhibition.
‘Wonder Land’, which opens at the BH Regional Art Gallery tomorrow night, explores the “important role our environment plays in forming our identities as humans”.
It’s been two years since Pomroy first booked to show at the gallery, but competing priorities meant most of the 51 works going on display were done in the last 18 months.
The mother of two graduated from The National Art School in Sydney in 2000 and after a stint as a part-time school teacher decided to became a full-time artist.
“So for about five years I’ve been intermittently parenting and (painting),” she said yesterday.
It’s not the Sydney artist’s first solo exhibition but it is her largest, and the decision to show in Broken Hill didn’t come about by chance.
“My sister used to work out here for the Aboriginal Legal Service and I used to come out here and liked the Regional Art Gallery and thought it would be a good opportunity to have an exhibition.”
Pomroy described her exhibition of oil on canvas paintings depicting the female form as “whimsical”.
She said locals would find the landscapes in a couple of the paintings particularly familiar.
“For me it’s about finding belonging in the Australian landscape.”
Wonder Land will remain on show until January 29.
Also opening at the gallery tomorrow will be ‘Old 55’, an exhibition celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Willyama Art Society and featuring works that depict country areas surrounding Broken Hill.