Penny Byrne’s (b. 1965, Australia) sculptural works are politically charged, highly engaging and often disarmingly humorous. She uses materials such as bronze, glass, vintage porcelain figurines and found objects to create artworks that present an ongoing inquiry into popular culture and international politics. Her training as a specialist ceramics conservator informs her practice.
She has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally including GLASSTRESS, at Palazzo Franchetti as part of the 2015 Venice Biennale. Recent exhibitions include Penny Byrne: Commentariate, a travelling exhibition that toured Deakin University Art Gallery (Melbourne) Geelong Art Gallery, Warrnambool Gallery and Mildura Art Gallery, Australia; and Political Porcelain, Museum of Australian Democracy, Canberra, Australia, both in 2011 and 2012. Group exhibitions include First Landing to Last Post, Australian Parliament House, Canberra, Australia (2015); Paradise Again, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton, Australia (2014); and Animal Ark, Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia (2014). Her work is included in numerous public collections in Australia, including Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; and Newcastle Region Art Gallery, Newcastle.