Beyond Confinement

Penny Elder
Highgate Gallery
10 - 23 Sep 2021
Tuesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, Saturdays 11am-4pm
Sundays 11am-5pm, Mondays Closed

Above: Beyond Confinement – oil on canvas 80x100cm ©Penny Elder 2020

Penny Elder’s exhibition, ‘Beyond Confinement’, gives expression to her feelings during the past year or more of lockdown and the consequent longing for social connection again.  Her experience of this troubled time is depicted in a series of acrylic paintings and collages of ‘Lockdown’ and a series of screenprints entitled ‘Together Again’ and ‘Closer’.

Together Again XX: monoscreenprint 23x18cm ©Penny Elder 2020

The theme of ‘Beyond Confinement’ in her printed images is accompanied by colourful abstract and semi-abstract oil paintings of imagined landscapes.  Her use of striking colours applied in deepening layers on the canvas gives rise to a hope for future renewal from the natural world.  These fantasised landscapes are inspired by the Scottish countryside with which Penny has become familiar over more than thirty years.  She has a studio close to the coast in south-west Scotland where she produced many of the screenprints conceived during lockdown.

Some of her landscapes and abstracts are full of movement and exuberance while others are quieter, more peaceful and reflective.  Titles such as Rebirth, Out There, What will Emerge, Connecting and Seeing Beyond, describe images which are looking at the future and the importance of connectedness.  Penny enjoys the contrast of oil painting and printmaking which lead to very different images.  Her layering technique in both mediums is a strong characteristic of her approach.

Lockdown III: acrylic on paper 36x44cm ©Penny Elder 2020

This exhibition comes at a time when the restrictions of quarantine are being lessened and people are able to meet up again, although still facing a somewhat unknown and uncertain future.  The importance of close relationships has been uppermost in Penny’s mind during the pandemic as is illustrated in her exhibited work.

Apart from participating in many group exhibitions over the years, this is Penny’s ninth solo exhibition in London.  She is a retired psychoanalytical psychotherapist who has lived and worked in Muswell Hill for nearly 50 years and who has painted all her life.  She has a studio with Collage Arts in Wood Green and has had annual Open Studio weekends in the Chocolate Factory and Artspace 3 for twenty years.

See more of Penny’s work at; website and instagram@pennyelder.

For further information please contact the artist: Penny Elder

Exhibition co-ordinator for Highgate Gallery: Mary Shurman