Penny Overton Art
Penny Overton was born in Berkshire and raised in Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Cheshire. A graduate of a Foundation Degree in Art, specialising in fine art and ceramics at Euclid Street College in Swindon, Wiltshire, Penny has continued with her art practice throughout her years raising a family in Leamington Spa and now in the beautiful South Norfolk village of Hingham.
In 2018 she made the decision to restart her professional art career, specialising in land and seascapes and in a first step back into the art world, entered the wildcard competition on Sky Arts’ ‘Landscape Artist Of The Year’ TV series. She was selected as one of the fifty wildcard artists who were invited to Inveraray in Argyll & Bute to paint alongside the featured artists in the programme. Penny won the wildcard competition, appearing on the programme and going on to also be selected as a wildcard for the following two years.
This endorsement kick-started a career which has gone on to see her open her own gallery – Little London Gallery – in Hingham and in the meantime has exhibited at The Pump Room, Art In The Park and The Loft Theatre in Leamington Spa and Number 8 Gallery in Pershore
Penny specialises in landscapes, seascapes and abstract paintings and prints, inspired by her view of the Norfolk countryside and coast. Her work captures the changing seasons, colour and light, expressing her own emotional response to what she sees.
She works in acrylics, bringing extra depth, texture and intricacy by combining the paint with other media including chalk, pastel, ink, sand, foil, even tea and coffee grounds. Natural objects like leaves, feathers and earth may feature, with Penny often scraping back layers and then reapplying paint multiple times, washing over the canvases with other media and applying colour and texture with non-traditional implements, to achieve a complex and captivating result that is as much a physical and emotional response to the land and sea as it is a depiction of them.
‘Formation’ is an original acrylic, pastel and beach sand painting of Hunstanton cliffs, on the North Norfolk coast. The painting is on unframed stretched canvas and is finished with gloss varnish. Measuring 60cm square it is signed, dated and ready to hang with cord attached.
‘The long walk’ is an acrylic and pastel painting with the addition of beach sand gathered from Norfolk beaches.This piece relates to the feeling of walking along an ever-changing space, dominated by weather and water with all the emotions it provokes.
The painting is on unframed, stretched canvas and is finished with gloss varnish. It is signed, dated and ready to hang. Dimensions are 50cm square.
‘Stone and Lichen’ is a painting celebrating two of my favourite natural objects. Apart from the acrylic and pastel, I used tea, bleach, water, wax and sand on this piece, scraping and hosing it back until I found the textures I wanted. This painting needs good natural light to shine. It is finished in satin varnish to protect the surface and is painted on unframed, stretched canvas. It is signed, dated and ready to hang, dimensions are 50cm wide x 41cm height.
‘Heading out’ is inspired by the shapes of harbours, the surrounding landscape and the feeling of leaving a small space for vastness. I love abstracting some shapes but still leaving with painting with a complete sense of the landscape it portrays. ‘Heading out’ is a large acrylic and pastel painting on unframed, stretched canvas, finished with satin varnish. The edges are painted in blue and it is signed, dated and ready to hang. Dimensions are 100cm square with a frame depth of 4cm.
‘Rusty Sea’ is a small acrylic and pastel painting on unframed, stretched canvas. It is finished with satin varnish, signed, dated and ready to hang. It has dimensions of 30cm square.
Little London Gallery
Penny and her family moved to the beautiful Market Town of Hingham, South Norfolk in 2019. The Georgian town house provided a lovely opportunity to work from the studio and gallery in what was once the sitting room, with lots of natural light from the original shuttered windows. The Gallery is named after the house, hence ‘Little London Gallery’, with the term ‘Little London’ first being used in Georgian times to reflect the fashionable row of houses on the east side of the Market Place.
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