In her early years, Petrena started her artistic career as a jewellery and batik fabric designer and evolved into sculpting, working with Bronze, Ciment Fondu and Mosaic. In the late nineties, Petrena produced many Bronze Sculptures, which were exhibited in galleries around Australia, US and Hawaii and later on with the Sydney Sculptors Society. Petrena
studied with various artists studying sculpture, foundry & mould making techniques, and whilst she was living in Sydney (2002-2013), Petrena spent 5 years studying with one of Australia’s greatest master sculptors,
Tom Bass, where she enhanced her traditional sculpting methods and focused on life studies and the human form. Petrena also studied Ikebana with master teacher Mase’ Ako and achieved teacher qualifications. In
2013 Petrena and her husband John, a keen photographer, have moved back to the Byron Bay Hinterland and established a new art studio in the rainforest producing Bronze, Mosiac and Ciment Fondu sculptures. Petrena is currently working on a new body of work and enjoys bush regeneration, planting endangered species and establishing a koala habitat on their property.
Exhibitions of Petrena Shaw:
1996 – Framed Gallery Darwin.
– Stafford Studios Perth.
– Articles Fine Arts, Stanwell Park.
– Holdsworth Gallery – Sydney.
– Cintra House – Brisbane.
1997 – Yallingup Gallery – Margaret River, WA.
– Master Works – Hobart, TAS.
– Pages Beachside Gallery – Noosa QLD.
– Sailes in the desert – Uluru (Ayers Rock).
– Kensington Gallery, Adelaide SA.
– Dridan Fine Arts, McLaren Vale SA.
– Solander Gallery – Canberra
2004~2008 Exhibited with the Sydney Sculptors Society
– Sydney Domain
– AMP Centre
– Govenors Phillip and Macquarie Towers
– Australia Square
– MLC Centre
– Darling Park Exhibition Centre
2008 – Melbourne Flower Show Exhibit
– Pymble Gallery – Sydney
2008 – Sculpted Arthur Lindsay Hassett torso which is displayed amongst the
Captains Walk 42 Cricket Captains in Jubilee Park, Cootamundra (Tom Bass
2004~2008 Modern Sogetsu Ikibana joint Exhibitions in Sydney Domain and
Hazelhurst Gallery Gymea and Botany showroom.
2014 – 2018 Barebones Art Space Gallery – Bangalow
2017 – 2018 Autumn Extravaganza Exhibition Nimbin
2018 – Border Art Prize Exhibition, Tweed River Art Gallery Murwillumbah
Represented Overseas Galleries (past).
– Gallery Americana Carmel, CA.
– New Masters Gallery Carmel, CA.
– F.V. Fine Arts, Phoenix Arizona.
– Downey ST, Santa FE.
– La Houge Gallery, Hawaii.
Mystic Seahorses bronze seahorse sculpture: