About the Artist
Penny Maddison has been a drawing and watercolour tragic for ever.
She has taught, travelled, walked, talked, exhibited, won the odd prize, and obsessed about watercolour for going on 40 years and never wavered in her belief in the superiority of this fabulous medium.
4 Solo exhibitions and thousands of brush miles later she continues to work in her rammed earth studio in the Perth Hills which she opens for the Kalamunda Open Studios twice a year, does the occasional workshop, paints her heart out and loves the Watercolour Society of Western Australia with all her heart.
She also loves nature, birds, animals, gardening, weather, learning new stuff and feels positive about the human condition. She is privileged to be old and getting older.
President of the Watercolour Society of W.A. 2004-2007 ; Vice President 2000-2004, 2017-2020.
Fellow of the Watercolour Society of Western Australia.
Evolution. May 2015 Solo exhibition, Zig zag Gallery, Kalamunda.
Me, Myself & I. August 2013 solo exhibition in Zig zag Gallery, Kalamunda.
Plum Gallery, Kalamunda in 2008
Solo exhibitions at Houghton Wines in 1999
Regular Participation in Annual Awards exhibitions of the Watercolour Society of W.A. since 1999.
Selected for “Sentience; a Hidden Life, 2012” exhibition. Ditto 2013
Exhibited at & attended 3rd International Watercolour Competition & Exhibition by Associazione Italiana Acquerellisti in Bellagio, Italy, April 2012.
Exhibited at & attended International Watercolour Exhibition by Associazione Italiana Acquerellisti in Maccagno, Italy, April 2013.
Exhibition at & participated in Huizhou Culture Museum in Huang Shan City, China, July 2015.
Exhibited at International Watercolour Exhibition by Associazione Italiana Acquerellisti in Maccagno, Italy, 2018
Exhibited at & participated in the International Exhibition and Symposium of the Confederation of European Watercolour Societies held in Kracow, Poland, September 2018.
Various Local and National exhibitions.
Participated in Watercolours.W.A. International Watercolour Exhibition Fremantle 2020.
Work in collections in U.S.A., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Holland, Japan, New Zealand, Italy, and South Africa.
Corporate and public collections include; Siemons Nixdorf (R.S.A.), The Royal Bank of Canada, (Johannesburg.) Time Mining International, City of Swan Collection, City of Belmont Collection, Allegro Meats Collection.
Taught watercolour painting at Claremont School of Art for 10 years, and tutored a couple of overseas and Australian painting trips.
Some Recent Awards
Watercolour Society of W.A. Annual Awards 2019. First prize special section.
Watercolour Society of W.A. Annual Awards 2011. First prize-small painting section
Watercolour Society of W.A. Annual Awards 2010. Second Prize
Watercolour Society of W.A. Annual Awards 2009- First Prize.
Rockingham Plein Air Competition 2007-Watercolour Prize
Rockingham Plein-Air Competition 2009- Overall Prize
Rockingham Plein-Air Competition 2010- Overall Prize
Who’s Who in Western Australia 2007. Ditto 2008
Having a Whale of a Time
37cm x 28cm – Unframed
I was playing around with the idea of being influenced by Aboriginal art while steering clear of direct copping. I love the paintings of our First Nations Artists and would like to pay tribute to their rich heritage as we all move forward to create a combined heritage for our country.
76cm x 57cm – Framed or Unframed
I spent more than 20 years in Africa after marrying a “Rhodesian”.
Africa gets into one’s blood so when I needed to choose a song from which to do a painting I immediately thought of the Toto song, Africa, and it’s beautiful chorus; “I bless the rains down in Africa.” I bet this elephant is humming it now!
Tattoos, Totems and the Dancing Sharman
This watercolour collage piece explores the idea of how we can be influenced by the surface image one projects. Do the symbols of tradition, religion and culture stop us from seeing the person beneath? This is a self-portrait and it’s not the dancing Sharman! Look again.
56cm x 76cm
The Emperor’s Son
57cm x 56cm
This painting was originally intended to address the subject of the generation gap with the parents so confident they know what the future holds for their family but as their son is about to become a teenager their confidence will be shattered. Interestingly visitors to my studio have sometimes interpreted it as a statement on gender which never entered my mind while I was working on it but I am always delighted when one of my paintings takes on a new life and engages with the viewer on another level.
50cm x 35cm – Framed without Glass
This was painted for the International Watercolour Exhibition Fremantle 2020 which closed prematurely due to the global pandemic. One kookaburra posed for both the images and as I live in the Perth Hills I often have visiting Kookas in my garden and sometimes my house but this one lives in the local dog park. Some people don’t like kookaburras because they are carnivores and originally came from the Eastern States but I feel as a carnivore myself and also an import to W.A. I am not in a position to be superior.
By the Walls of the Pink City of Jaipur, India
56cm x 38cm – Unframed
I was incredibly lucky to visit India in the company of fellow artists. To artists a puddle of dirty water filled with litter by a traffic light on a lean and some bloke passing by and a resting sulky is actually the setting for a lovely reflection in a world suffused in the glorious pink of the walls of the ancient and exotic city of Jaipur. It’s really about seeing with the artist’s eye and choosing to see the beauty. Talk about rose coloured glasses! This painting has never been exhibited.