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b. 1965, Australia

Penny Byrne Biography

Penny Byrne is a visual artist who uses materials such as bronze, glass, vintage porcelain figurines and found objects to create artworks that wield a powerful political message. Her often humorous and satirical viewpoint presents an ongoing inquiry into popular culture and international politics. Her training as a specialist ceramics conservator informs her practice. She has completed a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from La Trobe University, Melbourne, 1997, a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art Ceramics) from RMIT University, Melbourne, 1987, and a Graduate Diploma (Ceramics and Glass Conservation and Restoration) from West Dean College, United Kingdom, 1990. 

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She has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally. Solo shows include iPROTEST, Art Basel Hong Kong (2013), Political Porcelain, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra (2011/12), Life is a Riot, Albury Library Museum, Albury, NSW (2012) and Penny Byrne: Commentariat, a Deakin University touring show (2011/12). Her work has featured in numerous group shows including Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria (2013/14), and Haunts and Follies, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2012).

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