PENNY, Christopher Neil Lewis

1947 - 2001

Born at Blandford Forum, Dorset on 24 February 1947, son of Wilfred Lewis Penny (27 April 1911-1969), a men's outfitter, and his wife Betty May née Davey (2 May 1918-1999), who married at Devon Central in 1939 when they were living at High Street, Bridgewater, Somerset. He studied at Bournemouth College of Art and Design 1964-1968. A visiting lecturer at Bournemouth College of Art, Chelsea College of Art and Harrow College of Art 1968-1970 and master printer at Studio Prints Atelier, London 1968-1975, head of printmaking at Byam-Shaw School of Art, London 1970-1979 when he moved to Suffolk. He married at Ealing in 1970, Yvette T. Van-Giap (born 1953). In 1982 was 'John Brinkley' Fellow at Norwich School of Art where he taught etching and also taught at Ian Welsh's (1944-2014) private art school on the Suffolk/Norfolk border. A skilled etcher of precisely detailed landscapes and among the leading fine art publishers that have published his prints are Christie Contemporary Art, the Royal Academy, Grffit, the National Trust and American Express. A member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle in 1984 from Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk and at the centenary exhibition in 1985 he showed an etching & aquatint 'Ferny Wood' (1984). He participated in many solo and mixed shows in Europe, America, Japan and Australia. His one-man exhibitions included one at Cambridge Contemporary Art in 1995 and he was included in a 1998 group show there of 'Cambridge Views', where his meticulously observed depictions of King's College and the Bridge of Sighs were mixed with views of unexpected corners of the city. Penny's work is in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Norwich and Sheffield Universities, Pennsylvania Academy and Philadelphia Public Library. The sultans of Oman and Brunei, the Duchess of Kent, Ludovic Kennedy, Janet Suzman and Bill Wyman are among notable private buyers of his work. He lived at Rose Cottage, Lower Green, Hawkeden, Bury St Edmunds where he died in 2001.




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