Penny Warden is a well-established contemporary British artist, known for her distinctive, expressive style. Influenced by ‘action painting’, she paints with maximum spontaneity and energetic expression. Her figurative paintings are created in a radical and exciting way, with vibrant colours splashed and thrown in an arbitrary, though deliberate, manner. The resulting figures are full of movement, emotion and drama.
Following several commissions for churches and chapels in the UK and abroad, Penny was commissioned in 2005 for ‘a major project of national significance’ in Blackburn Cathedral, Lancashire, England. This consists of the permanent display of fifteen 6ft oil paintings and has been described as ‘probably the most adventurous of its kind in any English cathedral’. With accolades from Desmond Tutu – ‘wonderfully creative’ – and The Archbishop of Canterbury – ‘outstanding and very moving work’, this ‘extraordinary exhibition will be seen by generations to come’.
Penny’s work has appeared in many high-profile locations and galleries across London and the UK. She has been interviewed several times on BBC radio and her paintings have featured in a number of national and international magazines and publications. Her work has been used by Cambridge University and she has exhibited and spoken about her work at Oxford University. She has been a speaker at numerous conferences and has been part of several consultation groups at Windsor Castle on ‘Human Creativity in the Arts’. Her public commissions can be seen on the BBC website.