second nature
30 Mar 2006
Nellie Castan Gallery

penelope metcalf: second nature

30 march – 23 april 2006


Melbourne based painter Penelope Metcalf is inspired by a combination

of influences that include 18th century European landscape painting and American cinema. Stemming from her early education in film and television, her canvases possess a cinematic quality, resulting in lushly coloured, contemplative paintings that are melancholic celebrations of place.

Her upcoming exhibition Second Nature at Nellie Castan Gallery comprises city, sky and sea- scapes that reveal the sublime and romantic qualities

of everyday settings. Depicting familiar locations in Melbourne suburbia, Metcalf’s scenes are unpopulated, capturing moments of stillness in otherwise busy locales. She creates an alternate suspended reality,

a ‘second nature’ that is almost eerie in its reflective silence.

Capturing the essence of light is like capturing a mood. At the moment of dusk, colours shift and there is a stillness that pervades the air. Eyes lift skyward and the mood is pensive. Penelope Metcalf captures this mood admirably, using delicate brushstrokes, with acerbic yellows and pinks,

to create poignant scenes, imparting her spirit onto the canvas in the process.

Penelope Metcalf completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (1996) and Masters of Visual Arts (1998) from the Victorian College of the Arts. She has just received an Australia Council grant for New Work in 2005, and has held numerous exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Second Nature is Metcalf’s third solo exhibition with Nellie Castan Gallery.


for images and further information please contact

level 1, 12 river street, south yarra, victoria 3141
opening: 6 - 8pm Thursday 30 March
exhibition ends: sunday 23 april
hrs: tuesday to sunday 12-5pm t: 03 9804 7366


it all ends here
oil on canvas, 102 x 137cm, 2005-06

blue velvet
oil on canvas, 102 x 127cm, 2005-06

the build up
oil on canvas, 102 x 127cm, 2005-06

long days journey
oil on canvas, 137 x 92cm, 2005-06

flood light
oil on canvas, 56 x 112cm, 2005-06

oil on canvas, 92 x 153cm, 2005-06

the guiding principle
oil on canvas, 92 x 183cm (diptych), 2005-06

diamond dogs
oil on canvas, 127 x 102cm, 2005-06

second nature
oil on canvas, 92 x 183cm (diptych), 2005-06



penelope metcalf

1998 M.V.A (Painting) Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne
1996 B.F.A (Painting) Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
1985 B.Ed (Film and Television) Melbourne University, Melbourne

solo exhibitions
2006 Second Nature, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Maunsell Wicks Gallery, Sydney
2004 The Arsenic Hour, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2003 White Australia, Michael Carr Art Dealer, Sydney
2002 Making Out, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2000 Outside Language, Helen Gory Gallerie, Melbourne
1999 White Christmas, Duffield Kenihan, Melbourne
1999 Good Nature, Helen Gory Gallerie, Melbourne
1998 Other PeopleÕs Houses, Classic Cinema, Melbourne
1997 Between a Rock and My Place, River Restaurant, Melbourne

group exhibitions
Savage Club Art Prize, Savage Club, Melbourne

Floranova, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
Red Spot Special, Nellie Castan GAllery, Melbourne
Portia Geach Travelling Portrait Exhibition, S.E. Irvin Gallery, Sydney
Keith & Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Scholarship, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
Land of Milk and Honey, 12 Victorian Artists, Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide
Art Refers to Environment
, John Leslie Inaugural Exhibition,
Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria
Show and Tell, PGR Art Auction, Luna Park, Melbourne
ANZ Fellowship, ANZ Building, Collins St, Melbourne
9 x5 Show, Victorian College of the Arts Alumni Show, Westpac Gallery, Melbourne
Five Quiet Years, The St. Kilda Studios, St. Kilda Town Hall, Melbourne
Glen Eira Art Awards, Caulfield Town Hall, Melbourne

grants, awards, residencies
2005 Australia Council Grant for New Work
Finalist, Portia Geach Portrait Prize
Artist in Residency, Melbourne Grammer School
2001 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

BHP Billiton, Melbourne
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Parkville, Melbourne
Hardie Grant Publishers, Melbourne
Artbank, Sydney
Private collections in Australia, U.S.A, Ireland & United Kingdom

Ashley Crawford, 'The Arsenic Hour', The Age May 2, 2004
Robert Nelson, 'Visual Feast on Offer with Source', The Age, 1/6/2002
Geoff Makin, The Sun 24/5/2002
City Search, The Age 12/5/1999
Saturday Extra, The Age 8/5/1999
Behind the Veneer, Sunday Herald Sun 1/5/1999
Art Almanac, May 1999
Marieclaire Lifestyle, No. 4, May 1999
EG, The Age, 30/4/1999
Other People’s Houses, Generation Journal, Vol. 7, #3, Dec

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