Irish-born artist Colin Pennock creates emotionally driven landscapes that boldly yet quietly traverse the psychological and physical. Responding intuitively to his immediate surroundings while also engaging with the remembered landscape of his homeland and the emotional landscape of his psyche. Travelling through Pennock’s fearless layering of colour and visceral application of oil, the viewer catches glimpses of images that appear, disappear and reappear in a glimmering cycle of revelation and concealment.
Pennock’s new collection of paintings, Past Voices, reflects on the artist’s recent ruminations on past experience and memory. When viewing a landscape, Pennock often imagines all who have lived there and how “a sense of them exists, maybe in a spiritual way. The landscape’s tapestry is not just about what is there now but what has been there”.
Using the fluidity of water as a conduit between memories and the present, Past Voices speaks to the quiet moments we share in emotional connectivity.
Colin Pennock has exhibited nationally and internationally and his work is held in important collections including the University of Ulster, Belfast; the British Consulate New York, Washington; the Brian Sewell Collection, London and the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery Collection. Pennock was the winner of the Mosman Alan Gamble Memorial Art Prize in 2005 and has been a finalist in the Fleurieu Penninsula Art Prize (2004, 05, 08), the Mosman Art Prize (2014) and the Len Fox Painting Award (2016).