Ronald Pennell

My work is to do with states of innocence. But country life is not a Garden of Eden. For me this is real life and city life is the fantasy. Our lives are an ever-changing kaleidoscope of sublime or brutal iages. Experiences and memories lie dormant for years and than may appear in my work, which is also influenced by European and world myths, legends and literature.

Poetry provides a wonderful visual inspiration, particularly the poems of Heinrich Heine, Seamus Heany and Jeremy Hooker.

Herefordshire, January 2010

  Major German Scholarship
1952-56  Birmingham College of Art, Metal Engraving and Design

  Honorary Professor of Glass, University of Wolverhampton
Honorary member Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2000  Gold Medal Dominik Bieman Society, Czech Republic
1993  Gold Medal Academy of Arts Architecture and Design (AAAD) Prague, Honorary Professor, AAAD Prague

Solo exhibitions
  Cowdy Glass Gallery, Newent
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Phillips International Auctioneers, London
The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
The National Glass Centre Sunderland
Nottingham Castle Museum
1999-2000  Retrospective; Modern Mythsí The Art of Ronald Pennell, touring:
Wolverhampton City Art Gallery                  
Phillips  International, London
National Museum of Scotland
Nottingham Castle Museum
The National Glass Centre

Recent group exhibitions
  The Finest Glass, Japan
Seto City Art Museum
Hitachi City Museum
Notojima Glass Museum
Hatsukaichi Art Museum
2009  Leon Salet Gallery, Maastricht
Ruthin Crafts Centre
Venezia Aperto Vetro. Venice Biennale, Venice
21st Century Glass Daniel Katz Gallery London
Adrian Sassoon The International Art and Design Fair New York

Selected collections
The French National Collection of Contemporary Art, Paris
The Museum of Modern Art Hokkaido, Japan
The Corning Museum of Glass, USA
The Museum of Applied Arts, Prague, Czech Republic
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Nottingham Castle Museum, Nottingham
Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Notojima Glass Museum, Japan
Koganezaki Glass Museum, Japan
Museum of Glass, Kamenicky Senov, Czech Republic




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