Saturday, 30 November 2013

Brilliant to hear from  see| me that my artwork will be displayed in Miami at one of their booths in the SCOPE Art Fair. It will be displayed in rotation on several HD plasma screens from December 3rd - 8th. For more information about the Scope Art Fair check out


If you are in Miami next week, feel free to stop by the booth and say hello! They'd love to see you.

Also looking forward to the opening of Paysage 13 at the Swiss Art Space, off to Lausanne on Wednesday! Will be great to meet Laurence Bettens and the rest of the artists. A bonus is that I can  catch up with Genvieve Brunner of RivierArt who is attending the private view and was with us in Giardano in Italy in the summer......small world!

Friday, 8 November 2013

Really pleased to have two of my paintings selected for the exhibition" Paysage13" in Lausanne at the Swiss Art Space from December 5th - 23rd. Looking forward to the opening..

 Urquiza (2012) oil and collage on canvas
Cafayatte (2012) oil on canvas,

Sunday, 3 November 2013

New Painting November 2013
acrylic and collage on canvas  70 x 50 cms

Saturday, 26 October 2013

For those of you who might be thinking of coming to the exhibition at Espacio Gallery, "Heaven and Hell", the curatorial team have posted an introdution to the exhibition on their website.


 Cocoon , A collaborative piece  by Elspeth Penfold and Ignacio Canete Sanchez

Heaven and Hell
9 January - 2 February 2014 

Preview: Thursday 9 January 6-9pm
The question we started with in creating this show was: how would contemporary artists respond to this subject?  In our secular culture, where there is no otherworldly accountability for our behaviour, where we expect our needs and even our wants to be met here and now, where the consumerist imperative leaves little room for postponement of desires, would the theme find any resonance at all?

Lucretia Allan, Trinidad Ball, Eleanor Buffam, Consuelo Celluzzi,
Jamie Chapman, Sher Christopher, Robert Fitzmaurice, Beth Gadd,
Kate Hazell, Nicca Iovinella, Graham Johnston, Mary Knight,
Edu Luna, Carlos Mol, Elspeth Penfold, Jane Phillips, Pawel Prus,
Julia Tester, Tina Viljoen, Christopher Ward, Suok won Yoon, Annie Zamero
Guest Performance Artists
Dominique Vannod, Jones Tensini
Curatorial team:
Ahmed Farooqui, Carlos de Lins, Renee Rilexie

 I hope this whets your appetite and look forward to seeing you at the gallery in January.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013


It was great to hear from Carlos Lins a couple of weeks ago that my piece titled "Cocoon"has been selected to be included  included in the "Heaven and Hell" exhibition at Espacio gallery in Bethnall Green in January.

This is a mixed media piece involving knitted cocoons and paintings which I made in 2010 as a collaborative venture with a spanish artist called Ignacio CaƱete Sanchez. I am looking forward to seeing it installed in a new space and will be contacting those on my mailing list with details nearer the time of the exhibition.

A part of "Cocoon"

For more information about Espacio follow this link http://www.espaciogallery.com/ . 

News from the Studio

 I have been busy for the last few months making new work and reflecting on the connections that pull my work together. There is a sort of schitzophrenia to my practice that I wanted to reflect upon and try to articulate.

As those of you who follow my work know I make installations, weave, knit, collage, print, paint and work collaboratively with other artists. I am driven to a scatter gun approach in my studio which is intuitive, choosing what to do and make and one thing leads to another. Consequently I often have several things on the go and then suddenly it all comes together.

I have been continuting with the work I started for the exhibition at Barclays Bank in July, titled "From the Cradle."Which took as its starting point the work of William Morris " How We Live and How we Might Live" , a meeting I had with our bank manager Jenny Duggan and a conversation with my three year old grandaughter, Lily-Jean. You can check out images of the exhibition in previous entries to this blog.

The plan has been to continue to explore textiles, particularly weaving and knitting and from these to develop drawing, printing and painting to try to consolidate the relationship between the two within my work. I have made a few experimental pieces photographed below.

Collographs using relief print method                                

Weaving - Colour and line

using Intaglio 
 There is a strong relationship between this body of work and "Impossible Weavings", my installation in 2009 which you can check out on this link to my website http://elspethpenfold.com/impossibleWeavings.htm

I hope to exhibit these as part of a larger exhibition including prints and drawings in 2014.


I am delighted to have one of my paintings included in the publication "Arte Energia Creativa" published by Trevisan International Art this October and will be available for purchase through amazon. The painting, "Drift", is one of the paintings shown at my solo exhibition "Discovery"at the Horsebridge Centre in June this year.

Whitstable Biennale 2014

Watch this space!

I am currently engaged in volunteering for the NCI Coastguards in Tankerton. I am also going to use the experience to develop work for the Biennale next summer and beyond! Who knows...drawing, painting...such a great studio space.This is where I will be based

Can't wait to find to be part of the team and to find out where this takes me!!

 If you would like to be included on my mailing list please let me know, elspethpenfold@yahoo.co.uk.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Some of the works at THE PRINT FAIR AT THE SYDNEY COOPER GALLERY , Canterbury which opened yesterday and will be exhibited until August 24th.

 I was only able to take these two photos as photography is not really permitted...I hasten to add I was only told this after I had taken the two photos. So if you want to see more, get yourselves to Canterbury. I was really impressed with the quality of the hang and the range and quality of the work selected. Special thanks to Suki Brand and Ruth MacDonald as well as everyone at the Sydney Cooper Gallery!! It is a lovely exhibition with a wide range of work, well worth a visit.

Below is the latest Collagraph I am working on.....it will be interesting to see how it comes up as a print..watch this space as I will be updating with images as I print.

 These are two prints from another collagraph which i made last week. I love the way colour and orientation can creat a whole new meaning!!

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Looking forward to seeing my work hung in the Contemporary Print Fair at the Sidney Cooper Gallery in Canterbury. The show is open from the 31st of July until the 24th of August. For more about the Sidney Cooper Gallery and their events, www.canterbury.ac.uk/sidney-cooper
was also really pleased to exhibit the Collagraph Plate the print was made from at the Zeitgeist Members open show last thursday.http://www.zeitgeistartsprojects.com/
For more about the Zeitgest Arts Projecthttp://www.zeitgeistartsprojects.com/

The piece titled "after Paul Nash" is A4 size and am delighted to say it has sold.

I am now working on making more collagraph prints for the Pushing Print exhibition in Margate in October, I love the event where they use a steam roller to create a giant print!! 

For more on Pushing Print, http://pushingprint.co.uk/festival

I will be posting my prints shortly and who knows maybe a collagraph or two....which to enter I wonder!  

This work has also inspired me for the "Variations" exhibition organised by Trevisan International in Bologna in November, will keep you posted on that event too!!

Monday, 1 July 2013

"From the Cradle...."

Barclays Bank
8 Alexandra Rd
SW19 7LA

(Turn right as you exit from Wimbledon Station, its 3 minutes walk, next door to Argos)

Friday July 5th and Saturday July 6th

 Woven linen and buttons, 
100 x 62 cms

 works on paper,
 acrylic, oil and oil pastel, 38 x 30 cms

Saturday, 22 June 2013


Barclays Bank

8 Alexandra Rd 
SW19 7LA
Friday July 5th and Saturday  6th

Elspeth Penfold is a painter, printer, weaver and maker of installations.Her installations are site responsive and include:

“Impossible Weaving” (Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable, January 2010) ,
Gaucho Sunset (commission for the Oyster Festival July 2012),
Lobster Pot Garden (Whitstable Biennale Satellite Program 2012)
Elspeth was also part of a studio team working on Maria Nepomuceno’s installation at the Turner Contemporary, in Margate.http://www.turnercontemporary.org/exhibitions/maria-nepomuceno  

“From the Cradle......” is a piece which takes as its inspiration a poem by the chilean artist Cecilia Vicuna , Impossible Weaving, 
”..to think is to spin, let it hang from a thread....handspun, the thought of the hand....”
and the work of William Morris, How We Live and How We Might Live. 

For more about Elspeth and her work please visit:
She can be contacted on: elspethpenfold@yahoo.co.uk and is happy to welcome visitors to her studio in,Wimbledon, London.

Recent exhibitions include:

Colorida Art Gallery Lisbon, exhibition of paintings -December 2012
Galeria de Marchi, Bologna, Little Treasures exhibition curated by Paola Trevisan, Trevisan International Art. April 2013
Gallery 2 exhibition, Discovery, Horsebridge Centre Whitstable May 2013

Print Fair, Sydney Cooper Gallery Canterbury July 31st - August 31st. 

Friday, 14 June 2013

I am back from Puglia and am delighted to have my painting as part of the collection at the Marechiaro Hotel.

 "Porcelain Blue" 80 x 80 cms, 
collection of the Hotel Marechiaro, in Gargano.

 artists hard at work!!

 The private view
I had an amazing time, a very big thank you to Paola Trevisan for selecting me to be part of the international workshop at the Marechiario Hotel In Gargano.....the experience surpassed all my expectations. Hope you enjoy the photos.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Busy times....looking forward to Post Nude at the Horsebridge Centre....I have decided to take a chance and send in this postcard. For more about this exhibition and other postcards I have sent in please see my previous blog posting.
The title is " Sarah Lucas' Nud meets John Baldessari @ West Beach"
The message on the postcard is " Is a Nud a nude?" wonder if it will be included...hope so!

Meanwhile very busy preparing for my show of "works" at Barclays bank in Wimbledon , end of June!! A big thank you to Jenny Duggan for inviting me to show my work. I am particularly pleased as  it has given me the opportunity to exhibit my weaving. The title of the exhibition is ' From Cradle to Grave." I'll keep you posted!! I am attaching a photo of one of the pieces...not quite finished yet....just to give you a feel for the work.

 Also really looking forward to the Painting Workshop next week, where I will be joining 10 other artists painting at the Marechiaro Hotel in Puglia for five days. The workshop organised by Paola Trevisan is titled Perceptions!! Should be interesting to see what develops...hopefully some interesting paintings as well as a suntan!!

Finally, I am hoping to have some prints exhibited in Canterbury at the Sidney Cooper Gallery Contemporary Print Fair during July and August, fingers crossed!

I will be letting you know of dates for all these events nearer the time. Hope you have a great Bank Holiday Week end.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

                                          Le Corbusier (from A Poem to the Right Angle) @ Seasalter
                                     Matisse@ Whitstable Harbour

These are the two postcards I am sending in to the Post Nude Exhibition in Gallery 3 at The Horsebridge Centre. The show will run from June 7th until July 31st. For more about the exhibition please follow this link http://www.horsebridge-centre.org.uk/?q=node/6348.A big thank you to Sarah Banville and all at the Horsebridge for organising this lovely exhibition. Hope you can make it!!

Friday, 26 April 2013

The exhibition in Whitstable is going amazingly well with masses of visitors (thank you sunshine!!) and lovely responses to the paintings. I'll be posting photos soon!! In the meantime also wanted to say how proud I am to be listed as one of Trevisan International's artists http://www.trevisan-international-art.com/artists2.html and to be featured in the latest edition of Riverart  http://www.rivierart.ch/publications_FR.html#

Friday, 19 April 2013

Some of the painting I will be showing at the Horsebridge Centre ,Whitstable from April 24th - April 30th. Would be lovely to see you there, you can contact me: elspethpenfold@yahoo.co.uk

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Little Treasures March 23rd - Apri l4th 2013
Thank you to Paola Trevisan for curating a fantastic show!