Lives and works in Toronto.
Penny’s work has been exhibited and collected extensively in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Portrait Gallery of Canada, and the Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo,
He has molded his figurative sculpture out of clay then cast them in resin, bronze or silicone. In recent years his works have pushed the boundaries between reality and illusion, seemingly twisting and stretching the human figures or faces out of proportion. This conceptual approach is evident in the seminal small and large sculptures from the “Mask” sculptures of the late 80’s.
In the Border Crossings, editor and writer, Meeka Walsh wrote about Penny’s work for the magazine in 1995:
“The poet Michael Ondaatje writes about the implication of scars, their indelible impressions on the skin and the stories they ought, with their permanence, to carry. Through the use of repetition, through the smallest alteration of detail, Penny creates a narrative, something he describes as kinesthetic. This kinesthesia, this minimal sense of position and movement creates a space in which we can pause, recognizing here Michael Ondaatje’s ‘time around scars.’ “