Penny Warden is a unique and truly original contemporary British artist known for her distinctive, expressive style. Her work has appeared in many high-profile locations in London, the UK and abroad.
Her paintings are created in a radical and exciting way, working whenever possible with a maximum of spontaneity and energetic expression, with vibrant colours splashed and thrown in an arbitrary, though deliberate, manner. The resulting figures are full of movement, emotion and drama.
Born in 1956, Penny began to paint at a very early age and was highly commended for her work by the Royal Drawing Society when only 12 years old. Despite coming top of her class in art for most of her school years and the protests of her art teachers, she didn't continue in her art studies after leaving school. She pursued various careers in the City of London and finally in teaching after graduating in 1984 with a degree in Theology.
Penny continued to paint whilst teaching and raising two children, giving up teaching in the late 1990s to finally follow her passion. After beginning a degree in Fine Art she became a full-time artist in 2001.
In 2005, Penny achieved acclaim for a major project of national significance in the north of England. This extraordinary commission consisted of the permanent installation of 15 6ft oil paintings in the stunning cathedral of Blackburn Lancashire. Thousands of people have now seen these paintings and they have received accolades from Desmond Tutu - 'wonderfully creative,' Simon Jenkin - 'they give the cathedral an undeniably aesthetic potency,' and The Archbishop of Canterbury - 'outstanding and very moving work.' Other significant commissions quickly followed.
Penny's paintings have featured in a number of national and international magazines, books and publications. She has been interviewed several times on BBC radio and her work appears on the BBC website. She has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences, Oxford and St. Andrews University and has been part of several consultation groups at Windsor Castle on 'Human Creativity in the Arts.'