Niki Pennington holds a post-graduate degree in painting and design from Allgemeine Gewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland and a bachelors degree in visual communications from Wellington Polytechnic, New Zealand. Pennington first publicly exhibited her paintings in 1994. After her studies, Pennington lived in London and New York City, she was involved in advertising and brand work for a range of top agencies. Pennington's first solo exhibition was held in 2005 in New York City, titled 'Memories of New York'.
In 2006, Pennington was selected as the Mercedes-Benz Artist in Residence at Samuel Marsden College in Wellington. This culminated in another successful solo exhibition in Wellington in 2007. During this time she also partnered with her brother to establish an award winning design consultancy.
Pennington uses paint, graphic distillation and photographs to deal with how we record, reflect and create memory. Graphic information is distilled into highly recognisable forms that contain a universal relationship to memory. Pennington conveys memory in a variety of ways: emotional, physical and sensorial and plays with these three ways of recording and relating within the media itself. Her works explore how memory informs image and the abstraction of each element through processes of degradation and evolution.
Pennington’s paintings have been exhibited in Wellington, New York City and Basel. Her work can be found in private collections throughout the world.