Penelope Le Petit Printmaker


QUEEN VICTORIA WOMEN’S CENTRE
Ground floor 210 Lonsdale Street Melbourne
May 2018
MEDICAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE PREVENTION OF WAR
Steps Gallery, Lygon Street Carlton
19 May 2018

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A few words about Penelope

Melbourne based Australian Printmaker, Penelope Le Petit produces limited edition prints for exhibition. Specialising in plate lithography she attended Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE graduating in 2000 with a Diploma in Visual Arts, Photography and in 2003 from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Printmaking. Since then she has combined mark making, photography and collage to give more depth to her images.

Penelope is inspired by themes such as the migrant experience, relationships and the courage of the human spirit. She invites the viewer to work with the abstraction and ambiguity of her use of themes and form their own connections with her images.

Over the years Penelope has produced a number of limited edition print series using the lithographic print process. The images in the gallery are a snapshot of Penelope’s unique and exciting work. Some of the prints have sold out whilst some are still available for purchase.  Please contact Penelope if you are interested in a purchase.

The Lithographic Process

Plate lithography differs from the other printing processes of relief and intaglio in that the final impression is taken from a completely flat surface.

To make a print Penelope draws an image on transparent material and expose via a light box onto a thin aluminium photo sensitised plate. The drawn or photographic image must be dense enough to block the ultra violet light and leave an impression on the aluminium photo-plate. She develops the photo plate in a developing solution, much like photographic paper, then dry and rub the plate with a protective coating.

Photo plates are generally printed on a Commercial Offset Press, although Penelope is the proud owner of a Single Direct Press. Unlike offset printing the printed image is always reversed on the plate. The plate is inked with a large roller using commercial printing inks and good quality archival printing paper. She sponges a thin film of water on the plate before rolling to repel the ink from the area surrounding the image. Each plate makes up a multicoloured final image. Penelope likes to print limited editions and generally does not print more than 20 of one image.

Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

Please contact Penelope should you wish to receive an invitation to her next exhibition

Previous Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Liberalite Revisited, Glimpse Space Northcote
2015 Plantae Revisited , Glimpse Space Northcote
2014 Plantae, Beth Hulme Gallery Fitzroy North
2013 Lotus Revisited, Glimpse Space Northcote
2009 Lotus Series, Eisenberg Gallery Brunswick East
2005 Game Play Series, Sofitel Melbourne December 2005 – March 2006

Joint Exhibitions

2013 Evolve Exhibition Auxin Series, Steps Gallery Carlton
2010 Idee Fixe, Maroondah Gallery Ringwood
2007 Dental Care Gallery Mt Eliza
2004 Winter Series, Jeffery Malesa Gallery Sorrento

Group Exhibitions

2017
Red Gallery North Fitzroy
Moreland Summer Show, Counihan Gallery Brunswick

2016
Banyule Art Salon
Compact Prints Umbrella Studio Townsville
Beth Hulme Gallery, North Fitzroy

2015
Lord Coconut, Melbourne
Brunswick Street Gallery Fitzroy
Beth Hulme Gallery North Fitzroy

2014
Moreland Summer Show, Counihan Gallery Brunswick
9 x 5 Exhibition, Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre, Dandenong
Compact Prints, Umbrella Studio Townsville

2013
Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition, New Zealand
Moreland Summer Show, Counihan Gallery Brunswick
Awagami International Mini Print Exhibition, Japan
9 x 5 Exhibition, Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre, Dandenong
Beth Hulme Gallery, North Fitzroy (2 shows)

2012
Compact Prints, Umbrella Studio Townsville
Moreland Summer Show, Counihan Gallery Brunswick
9 x 5 Exhibition, Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre, Dandenong

2011
Women’s Salon Counihan Gallery, Brunswick
9 x 5 Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre, Dandenong

2010
Linden Postcard Show, St Kilda
9 x 5 Exhibition Walker St Gallery, Dandenong
Women’s Salon, Counihan Gallery Brunswick

2009
9 x 5 Exhibition Walker St Gallery, Dandenong

2008
Pacific Rim International Print Exhibition, Christchurch New Zealand
She Who Explores Competition Walker Street Gallery Dandenong
Women’s Salon Counihan Gallery Brunswick
9 x 5 Exhibition Walker St Gallery, Dandenong

2007
Wall Gallery Ascot Vale, (3 Shows)
Women’s Salon, Counihan Gallery Brunswick
Incinerator Arts Complex, Moonee Ponds

2006
Jeffrey Malesa Gallery, Sorrento
Wall Gallery, Ascot Vale
Continental Hotel, Sorrento
Women’s Salon, Counihan Gallery Brunswick

2005
Works on Paper Art Award, Banyule City Council
Ochre Gallery Collingwood
Incinerator Arts Complex Moonee Ponds
Women’s Salon, Counihan Gallery Brunswick

2004
MAD Gallery Lancefield
Dante Gallery Fitzroy
Jeffery Malesa Gallery Sorrento
Women’s Salon, Counihan Gallery Brunswick
Nguyen Van Cuong Exhibition, Hobsons Bay Council

2003
George Paton Gallery Melbourne
Women’s Salon, Counihan Gallery Brunswick
VCA Graduate Exhibition
Centre for Contemporary Photography

Grants and Awards

2006 Arts Victoria Grant Stage 2 Women’s Suffrage Public Art Commission
2003 Galloway Lawson Acquisitive Art Award VCA

Collections

2010 Maroondah Gallery Collection
2006 Curwen Print Studio Archive Cambridge UK

Reviews

2009 Wendy Garden – Lotus Series review page 43 Australia in Print:
IMPRINT Summer 2009 Quarterly Journal of the Print Council of Australia

Publications

2013 Mapping South Online, South Project , Melbourne www.mappingsouth.net

Membership

Current Member: Print Council of Australia
2014-2015 Secretary Print Council of Australia
2012-2015 Victorian Representative Print Council of Australia

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