Penny Irvine - I am a professional artist living in Thurso, I specialize in laid fibre painting and wet/needle felt painting.

Melrose Abbey - Felt & Fibre - July 2018 - 27ins x 22ins
Peril - Fibre - March 2019 - 20ins x 16ins
The Visit - Fibre - October 2018 - 10ins x 12ins
Kaleidoscope - Fibre - December 2018 - 25ins x 19ins
Touch - Felt & Fibre - December 2018 - 25ins x 19ins


Penny Irvine

I am a fibre artist living in Thurso on Scotland's rugged North Coast. I have created several commissions and have sold work in both Scotland and Europe. My work has been exhibited in both Scotland and the north of England.

I create paintings using the traditional techniques of wet felting, needle felting and raised and freehand embroidery. I form the contours and shapes of my paintings with my hands in a similar fashion to sculpting. I feel this gives me a unique connection to my work, allowing me to feel the depth and texture of each element and convey this through the painting.

I like to use these traditional techniques and age old fibres to create art that has a more contemporary feel, both in its execution and subject matter. I use soft fibres to create the power of the elements and the seas that surround our beautiful coastline. I also enjoy using fibre to portray the clean lines of architecture in both modern city streets and ancient buildings or towns.

I have a keen interest in social and environmental issues and find my art a great platform for these issues. My felted and embroidered picture Natural Beauty vs Disposable Society, which sold recently at the Caithness Horizons 3D North Exhibition, focuses on the issue of plastic pollution in our oceans and on our beaches. My most recent felt and laid fibre pieces, Touch and Kaleidoscope focus on issues in society such as abuse and homelessness.

I want to continue to challenge myself to use these techniques in new ways and create powerful and contemporary art that draws the viewer into the world of the painting and evokes an emotional connection with the subject

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Recent Exhibitions

The Art Gallery in Thurso Library
2nd March 2019 - 30th March 2019

3D North
Caithness Horizons Museum and Art Gallery
10th November 2018 - 22nd December 2018

Society of Caithness Artists
83rd Exhibition
Thurso High School
31st July 2018 - 10th August 2018

Sea to Sea (Uist Artists Association)
Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre
North Uist
17th July 2018 - 13th August 2018

Sea to Sea (East Durham Artists Network)
East Durham Artists Newtwork
May 8th 2018 - June 15th 2018

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