Talk and Meet the Artist: Richard Penn


Sat Apr 20 2024 at 01:00 pm to 03:00 pm


Public Record | Auckland, AU

On Saturday, 20 April, from 1PM—3PM, Public Record will host a “Talk and Meet the Artist” event. Richard will share his thoughts on his award-winning exhibition "Mirror" at Public Record from 16-21 April.
Richard Penn has never been to Lithuania, a country where his Jewish grandparents came from to South Africa, but he kept the connection alive and captured it in his early artistic explorations. Through personal, domestic video portraits of his father, Richard contemplates the notion of origins. He examines certain gestures that take him back to his childhood images of his grandfather and echo back through generations to their roots in a village in Lithuania. The captured moments and gestures cause the time to slip, and his father is caught between two mirrors where the present is a point from which both the past and future emanate.
"Mirror" was originally exhibited at The Everard Read Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa and holds special significance as the merit award winner of the Everard Read Art Award. This captivating exhibition invites viewers to contemplate the continuum of cultural heritage, as depicted through video portraits of Penn's father, ink drawings, pastel drawings and paintings.
Born and raised in South Africa, Richard Penn currently resides in Auckland, New Zealand, where he continues to create thought-provoking works of art. As an independent artist, Penn has garnered international acclaim for his exhibitions at prestigious venues such as Gallery AOP, The Everard Read Gallery in Cape Town and Johannesburg, Blank Projects in Cape Town, and The Origins Centre Museum at the University of the Witwatersrand. His diverse portfolio spans various media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. Most recently, he was awarded the Premier Prize at the Portage Ceramics Award in 2022 and celebrated his first New Zealand solo exhibition of ceramics and drawings at Public Record in Auckland in 2023.

For further information, please visit Richard Penn's website or contact him at [email protected]. You can also stay updated on Penn's artistic journey by following him on Instagram at
The video series "Mirror" is part of the Lithuanian Days Aotearoa 2023 festival. Lithuanian Days Aotearoa gratefully acknowledges the support of the Lithuanian Council for Culture, Public Record and the Lithuanian Society of New Zealand in making this exhibition possible.

Photo by @publicrecord

Where is it happening?

Public Record, 74-76 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1011, New Zealand,Auckland, New Zealand

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Lithuanian Days Aotearoa

Host or Publisher Lithuanian Days Aotearoa

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