Narelle Pendlebury

Narelle Pendlebury The Crossing 90X120Cm

Narelle Pendlebury – Artist – Paintings 


I am an established Western Australian artist with a background in Fine Arts and Art Education, and have been exhibiting as a professional artist for over 20 years within Western Australia and interstate. My work is represented by several galleries within WA, and is held in many corporate and private collections throughout Australia and overseas.

I have worked in many mediums and have developed a practice which fuses and extends the processes and disciplines of drawing, printmaking, painting and textiles, with an emphasis on the interplay of surface, material and texture. An integral part of my work is the concept and activity of layering. Dyed, printed and painted materials, often transparent and translucent, are stitched and embellished with embossed shims and printed surfaces. Acrylic and oil media are then subtly layered over these pieces to create highly worked and jewel-like surfaces.

Many of my landscape based abstract works explore the themes of land, sea and sky from multiple perspectives – horizontally and topographically to reflect the nature of the natural environment and our experience and perceptions of it, as well through the exploration of the layers of pattern imprinted upon the earth, seabed and ocean surface. In some of these works, navigational maps of the local Western Australian coastline are used as a base to work from. These are worked into using extensive layers of dyed and printed materials, as well as acrylic and oil mediums to produce a richly textured surface, but with an emphasis on the transparency of layers, and a unifying pattern. Graphic symbols included reference those used in maps and navigational aids such as GPS, and sometimes the image is gridded in a similar way to that which appears on satellite imagery such as google earth.

Small works representing imagery of the Perth CBD with a focus on the patterning and layering of the architectural and natural environment has allowed an exploration of a very different colour palette reflecting the diffusion of the artificial vibrant lighting within the night urban environment. Again, the subtle transparence and layering encourages the viewer to become immersed in the ‘sense of place’ evoked within the image.


1980-80    Completed 3 semesters of BA Fine Arts W.A.I.T. Major: painting Minor: Printmaking

1984-86    Diploma of Teaching (Distinction) -Secondary Art W.A.C.A.E. (E.C.U) Major: Painting Minor: Textiles

1984    Perth Technical College -Diploma in Art (part-time) Units in; Printmaking, Art Studio and Business Practice, Drawing

1988    Edith Cowan University Painting Units – Bachelor of Education (part-time)

1987-1988    Head or Art Department – Sacred Heart College, Sorrento

1999 – on    Casual relief teaching – Secondary Art


1979    Miss Tothill’s year 12 Art Award – St Mary’s Anglican Girls School

1999    Brunswick Agricultural Society Art Exhibition Sponsors Choice Award


1985    Craft Arts Journal – Textiles

2001    Homes and Living Magazine – Ceramics


1984    Perth Technical College Printmaking Exhibition

1985    Craft Council of Western Australia

1996    South Perth Art Fiesta

1997    Waratah Red Cross Exhibition, Dalkeith

1998    Salec Minc Art Exhibition, Mount Lawley

    Waratah Red Cross Exhibition, Dalkeith

1999    Brunswick Agricultural Society Art Show

    Salec Minc Art Exhibition, Mount Lawley

    Waratah Red Cross Exhibition, Dalkeith

2000    ‘Art In The Park’, King’s Park, Perth

    ‘Art At Aranmore’, Aranmore College, Leederville.

    Waratah Red Cross Art Exhibition, Dalkeith

    Salec Minc Exhibition, Mount Lawley

    Brunswick Agricultural Art Show

2001    ‘Art At Aranmore’, Aranmore College, Leederville

    Salec Minc Exhibition, Mount Lawley

2002    Artcenta’, Newman College, Churchlands

    ‘Art of Humanity’, Red Cross Exhibition, University of WA

    Salec Minc Exhibition, Mount Lawley

    ‘Family Ties’, Christchurch Grammar School, Claremont

    Gallery 360, Subiaco – Feature Artist for December

2003    ‘The Life, The Land, The People’, Mosman Park Art

    ‘Artcenta’, Newman College, Churchlands

    Salec Minc Art Exhibition, Mount Lawley

    Gallery 360, Mount Lawley – Feature Artist for June, December

    Town of Cambridge Art Awards, Floreat

    ‘Celebrations’, MLC Art Exhbition, Claremont

    St Hilda’s Art Show, Mosman Park

    ‘Fine Art At Hale’, Hale School, Wembley Downs

    ‘The Art Show’, Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne

    Trinity College Inaugural Art Exhibition, East Perth

    Guildford Grammar Art Show, Guildford

2004    Gallery 360, Subiaco – Feature Artist for February

    Town of Cambridge Art Awards, Floreat

    ‘Art Divine’, Anglican Parish of St Nicolas, Carine

    Mindarie Art Awards, Mindarie

    Gallery 360, Applecross – Feature Artist for July

    ‘Fine Art At Hale’, Hale School, Wembley Downs

    ‘The Art Show’, Swanbourne Barracks, Swanbourne

2005    ‘Artitude”- Perth Convention Centre

    ‘Stop The Cane Toad’, Challen and Rafferty

    ‘The Art Show’, Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne

    Trinity Art Exhibition, East Perth

    ‘Fine Art At Hale, Hale School, Wembley Downs

2006    Gallery 360, Joondalup-Feature artist for January

    Art at PC, Perth College, Mt Lawley

    Fine Art at Hale, Hale School, Wembley Downs

    Guildford Grammar Art Exhibition, Guildford

    ‘Artitude’, Perth Convention Centre


2000    ‘Rhythm In Chaos’, 4 person exhibition, Moores Building, Fremantle

2004    ‘The Journey’, Gallery 360, Mount Lawley

2004    ‘Battle Of The Sexes’, Gallery 360, Subiaco

2006    ‘Life’s a Beach’, Gallery 360, Subiaco


2004    “Transparence” Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park

2005     “New Layers” LK Galleries, Subiaco

2006      “Embellish” Susion Fine Arts, Dolphin Marina, Mandurah

2007      “Dreams and Destinations” LK Galleries, Subiaco

2011      “Coastal Connections” Fusion Fine Arts, Mandurah

2017       ‘Luminescence’ Gallows Gallery, Mosman Park

2018       “A Sense Of Place”  Linton and Kay, Mandoon Estate, Perth


  • Dome Restaurant, Claremont WA – Ceramic Tile Wall Mural
  • WA Marble and Granite – Paintings
  • Medical Specialist Suites, West Perth – Paintings
  • Private commissions for paintings, ceramics, mosaics, murals


  • Aranmore College Art Department
  • Medical Specialist Suites, Perth.
  • Legal Offices, Bar Chambers, Perth.
  • Notre Dame University, Fremantle
  • Summit Homes, Perth
  • Newman Senior College, Churchlands
  • St John of God Hospital, Subiaco
  • Private collections in WA, Interstate, Switzerland, Dubai, Singapore, France,UK


JahRoc Galleries, Margaret River, Western Australia