Penelope Metcalf is an Australian visual artist who makes the ‘familiar’ and the ‘overlooked’ her enduring muse. Painting from life, either in a studio or plein-air, Metcalf is inspired by the drama and beauty of the familiar, which can often go unnoticed.
For Soft City, Penelope finds ordinary street vignettes, and explores their hues, shapes and shadows – and expresses their laconic beauty richly and colourfully in paint. With an astute eye, Penelope heeds our urban environment: the architecture, the land, and the light and celebrates the everyday splendour found there.
“The city is full of steep hills, twisting curves, slits and shadows and dappled light. In winter the sun is low, the shadows are soft and the trees are bare. In summer the sky is a high bright tin-drum blue and the leaves on the trees create flickering movement.”