Painting by Penelope Boyd


Based in Canberra, Penelope Boyd's current practice interogates traditional figurative painting to create a body of work that is both bright and unsettling. Her recent work takes a step away from realistic portraits and figures to be more immediate, combining highly detailed elements with playful colours and brushstrokes.

Drawing from the staged figures of vintage knitting and sewing patterns, Penelope conjures and array of characters and dreamy settings. They are at once whimsical and dangerous, and often allude to a larger narrative.

Penelope boyd painting


If you are interested in commissioning a portrait or purchasing an art work, you can deal directly with the artist by contacting her at


Portrait commissions vary in cost depending on the size of the work, the individual specifications of the work, and any costs associated with travel. To find out more about the commission process or to receive a quote, please contact Penelope.