Maddison, Penny

Penny Maddison (nee Aikman) was born in Kuching, Sarawak, to a girl from Perth and an English Colonial officer who originally went to Borneo to work for the last White Rajah.

On reaching school age her family moved to Perth, settling in the Hills at Darlington. She attended Darlington Primary School and Perth College, going on to complete a Diploma in Interior Design from Perth Tech while working in  Architectural practices in Perth.

On the completion of her studies Penny went travelling and eventually settled in South Africa with her engineer husband and raised four daughters as well as pursuing a career as a watercolourist.

After more than 20 years in Africa,  Penny returned to Perth with her family to settle at Gooseberry Hill where she has built a rammed earth studio  where she draws, paints, and experiments with Watercolour, the medium she has chosen to dedicate her life’s work to.


Solo Exhibitions;

Evolution. May 2015 Solo exhibition, Zig zag Gallery, Kalamunda.

Me, Myself & I. August 2013 solo exhibition in Zig zag Gallery, Kalamunda.

Solo exhibitions at Houghton Wines in 1999 and Plum Gallery, Kalamunda in 2008.

Other Exhibitions;

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.

President of the Watercolour Society of W.A. 2004-2007 ; vice president 2000-2004

Work in collections in U.S.A., Canada, U.K., France, Germany, Holland, Japan, New Zealand, Italy, and South Africa.

Corporate and public collections owning work include; Siemons Nixdorf (R.S.A.), The Royal Bank of Canada, (Johannesburg.)  Time Mining International,

City of Swan Collection, City of Belmont Collection.

Some Recent Awards  and events;

Watercolour Society of W.A.Annual Awards 2009- First Prize.

Watercolour Society of W.A.Annual Awards 2010. Second Prize

Watercolour Society of W.A. Annual Awards 2011. First prize-small painting section

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

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