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.

About Me

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.

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.
Buildings were in situ on maps dating back to 1595, however after a fire in 1688 most were lost along that side of the Market Place. The houses were gradually rebuilt with many of the buildings having an older rear or interior but Georgian frontages. ‘Little London’ is grade 2* listed, formally dated 1781 with typical symmetrical Georgian features and many beautiful original features, set in the conservation area of Hingham.

Delving back into the history of the occupants of ‘Little London’ reveals it was once home to Liquor Merchants, Drapers, the Reverend William Wodehouse (a predecessor of PG Wodehouse), one time Rector of St Andrews Church, Hingham in the mid 19th century, and many more fascinating figures. It also has links to nearby Lotus racing cars with the racing driver and Engineer John Miles having lived here for many years.
Hingham is well worth a visit with many beautiful buildings to look at, St Andrews Church with it’s links to Abraham Lincoln’s predecessors and the fine Public House ‘The White Hart’ which has been the hub of the Town for centuries.

‘Little London’ is now a busy home to our family, our dogs and cats and we welcome you to visit ‘Little London Gallery’.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
10am – 4pm.

Opening times may vary so please call if travelling some distance. Appointments can always be made to accommodate your visit to Hingham. There is free parking and public toilets are nearby.