About the artists & Purist Gallery

About Purist Gallery

Opened October 5th 2002. Closed April 13th 2012.
You are now visiting virtual Purist Gallery.

In 2001 – 2002 Max Ball and Penny Hudson designed and built  Purist Gallery in Yallingup Western Australia.
The gallery opened its large, handmade copper door on October 5, 2002 in Yallingup Western Australia.

Designed and built by Max Ball (architect, jeweller, sculptor) the 36 x 9m retro building housed the gallery, two studios and the home of Penny Hudson (artist) and her husband Max Ball and of course Polly the poodle.

For ten years they operated the gallery selling Penny’s paintings, Max’s jewellery and sculpture. Set on 3 acres of natural bush just a few minutes from the famous Yallingup surf beach, the gallery was a creative haven away from the bustle of nearby Dunsborough. Purist Espresso Bar was popular with tourists and locals where coffee, cake and kangaroo watching could be enjoyed while contemplating a purchase of one of Penny’s paintings or Max’s sculpture or jewellery.

On April 13, 2012 they closed the gallery, sold the property and in September 2012 moved back to Perth Western Australia where they have set up their home and studios.

Penny and Max’s work is now available for purchase or commission through galleries throughout Australia.

About Penny Hudson

Born in London in 1951, Penny moved to Australia at an early age. Educated at St Hildas Perth she went on to study Graphic Design at Perth Tech then Fine Arts at Claremont School of Art followed by a Degree in Fine Arts at Curtin University.

Penny has been an artist forever and professionally since she graduated. She has held numerous solo exhibitions in Australia and overseas.

Her work is part of many collections including Kerry Stokes WA; Art Gallery of WA; Royal Perth Hospital WA; Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital; Leeuwin Estate Winery Margaret River; The Wyllie Group WA; Artbank Australia; Family Law Courts WA and Bar Chambers WA.

Leeuwin Estate Winery purchased one of Penny’s ‘Central Heartbeat’ (Image above) series as part of their ‘Art Series Wine Labels’ where the image was used on their 2004 Pinot Noir.

“My paintings over the last 5 years up til mid 2014 – ‘Love Letters’ and ‘Love Conversations’ are declarations of love.
Using a tiny square to house each letter, many squares to make up words, words making sentences.
Declarations of love. Repeated phrases of endearment. Love conversations. Love letters.

My previous series “Love Blooms Eternal’ where I  introduced a flower as the central and main focus, has moved on to a new series ‘To the Beach’. This new body of work was exhibited in June 2015 at Gallows Gallery Mosman Park.  

My latest work is involved in etching and making artist books by hand. More on this website soon. I will be exhibiting two artist books at Gallery East in March this year at Central Tafe Perth, in the exhibition “Between the Sheets”.


About Max Ball

Max was born in Sydney in 1949 and has lived in WA since the mid 60’s. He studied Architecture at Perth Tech and WAIT 1968. He practised full time as a Registered Architect until 1995 after commencing his own private practice in 1990.

He ceased architecture and began full time jewellery in 1995.

Max has won many awards and participated in many solo and group exhibitions.

In 2008 he was a recipient of an Australia Council Grant for New Work.

Max is now focusing mainly on sculpture and loving every minute of it.

‘I design and make objects which reflect my love of simplicity and endeavour to cleverly use materials in an individual way. I try to re-invent the wheel every time’.