Finnish artist, Anu Penttinen graduated with First Class Honours from the Australian National University, Canberra, Glass Workshop in 2000. In 2002 she returned to Finland to complete a Masters Degree at the University of Art and Design, Helsinki whilst continuing to exhibit her work in galleries throughout Europe. Penttinen has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Germany, Italy and the United States. In 2001 she was the recipient of the Award of the Bavarian State. She has also been awarded several grants including, an Arts Council of Finland Equipment Grant, 2008; a Finnish Cultural Foundation Product Development Grant, 2007; a Finnish Cultural Foundation an Arts Council of Finland Public Display Grant for Visual Artists, 2003 & 2004; a David Thomas Foundation Travel Grant, 2000 and a Finnish Cultural Foundation Travel Grant for studies in Australia, 1999.

Anu Penttinen's work is part of numerous public, corporate and private collections including, the Design Hotel Klaus K, Helsinki, Finland; Finnish Embassy, London, UK; Finnish Embassy, Ankara, Turkey; Finnish Glass Museum, Finland and the Australian National University Collection, Canberra, Australia.

Anu Penttinen's work is multi-faceted. She overlays several glass bubbles, deeply engraved to reveal a pattern on the contrasting colour beneath. She uses strong pattern and colour with dramatic contrast and a distinctive approach where the front and back of her pieces display different patterns. Further depth is unveiled when the work is illuminated transforming the pieces to reveal glowing bright colours. Penttinen draws much of her inspiration from the vibrations and rhythm of jazz music. Her Scandinavian background, the aesthetics of the 1950s and 1960s and her interest in indigenous art also have a strong influence on her pieces. Simplicity and clarity, light and shadow, order and disorder are all tools she uses to build up patterns in her work that speak a distinct visual language.

  • Brim 02 Glass, H 11 cm, $3,000

  • Amplitude 05 Glass, H 31 cm, $2,640

  • Amplitude 03, Amplitude 04 Glass, H 40 cm, $2,260. H 46 cm, $2,860

  • Magnitude 11 (Black/Red) Glass, H 36 cm, $3,000

  • Magnitude 02, Magnitude 03 Glass, 26 x 11 x 11 cm, $2,205. 30 x 13 x 13 cm, $2,860

  • Merge Handblown, wheelcut, engraved glass, 30 x 15 x 10 cm, $3,000

  • Magnitude 10 (Black/White) 2003, Handblown glass, wheelcut, engraved, H26 cm SOLD

  • Suburbia 01, 03 and 04 2003, Handblown glass, wheelcut, engraved, H22 cm; H47 cm; 5 x 36 x 50 cm SOLD