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Penelope Gilbert

Colour in Your Life featured artist Penelope Gilbert appeared on Colour In Your Life Season Sixteen (16)

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Portrait artist Penelope Gilbert-Ng creates classically inspired contemporary custom oil and pastel portrait paintings for official, corporate and private commissions. Her oil portraiture brings to mind a level of craftsmanship and artistry that many believe no longer exists. Her paintings are inspired by the very sensibilities of the Impressionist Era. By combining superb draughtsmanship with subtle life-like color and deft paint handling, Penelope creates cherished heirlooms that reveal the true spirit of her subjects. Whether you wish to honor a beloved family member, recognize a momentous career achievement, or give that special someone a truly incomparable gift, you can commission Penelope to create an extraordinary, unique and timeless work of art.

Penelope has been creating award winning artwork for over forty years. She is a consummate professional whose portrait paintings meld her great passion for painting with her never ending fascination for people. Her portrait paintings, are perfect examples of how a modern master of classical realism can incorporate a contemporary aesthetic with a classical painting sensibility to create a truly classic work of art. Penelope combines fine craftsmanship with her sensitive eye to convey the inner essence of her subjects connecting with them to capture a realistic yet not photographic likeness.

Penelope’s award winning museum quality oil and pastel portraits are sought by collectors worldwide. She is represented in private and corperate collections.

Penelope painted The Chief Minister Sir Michael Somare before he became Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea and this painting was a finalist in the Archibald and Portia Geach Portrait Competitions. She also painted a number of the Speakers of the House of Representatives Papua New Guinea.She has painted several department Heads of the University of Queensland.

Selecting the best portrait painter to create your commission is an important decision. Since a well crafted oil painting will last for hundreds of years, you, and your ancestors will be looking at your commissioned portrait for a long time. It’s important that you are one hundred percent satisfied with the result. Many of Penelope’s clients are avid art collectors, and they want their portraits to be comprable to the museum quality paintings in their collections. Penelope is a true perfectionist and her credo – that her next painting be her best – keeps her constantly striving to reach even greater artistic heights.

Diploma of Painting, Fellow of Royal Qld Art Society, Master Pastellist of Pastel Society of Australia
Penelope Gilbert-Ng ‘s journey as an artist started aged 3,Studied at East Sydney Technical College late teens (Diploma of Painting,1971) and furthering her development with her painting in isolation in Papua New Guinea (13 years). On returning to Australia 1986 studied with noted artists in Australia, New York, and New Mexico. Penelope believes that continual learning is essential for self-development as an artist. She is a Master Pastellist with the Pastel Society of Australia, President and Fellow of the Royal Qld Art Society and sought after tutor with Art Societies and Groups Nationally in all mediums. Penelope has been a finalist in the Archibald and Portia Geach Portrait Prizes and has had numerous solo and joint exhibitions. Her commissioned paintings are represented in corporate/ private collections worldwide. Winner of many competitions combining knowledge and dedication to her art has enabled her to judge shows since 2002. Penelope has written 6 articles for The Australian Artist Magazine (Dec 2000/ March 2006/ April 2009/April 2011/ July 2011/May 2013)
Demonstrated Portraiture at the International Association Of Pastel Societies at Albuquerque in May 2009

You can contact the artist about their art tips or art techniques directly via their website at

Episode: S16E01

Original Air Date: 1st November 2017

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