Aubrey Penny was born in London in 1917 and moved to the United States in the early-1950s. He studied in Los Angeles, receiving a BA in art and art-history from UCLA in 1953, and an MA in 1955.
Penny's work was exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the late-1950s, and also in the Corcoran Gallery biennial, Washington DC, in 1957, and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1959.
His work from the 1960s is in a variety of abstract styles, as he experimented with both a loose calligraphic approach as well as more hard-edged paintings. Penny issued a manifesto of sorts on the somewhat esoteric theory behind his art in 1965, "Mind-Line", and sold his paintings and drawings through his studio and later a gallery he owned in Los Angeles. In the 1970s and 80, while stile working occasionally in a hard-edged style, his paintings and drawings were concerned primarily with repetition and minor variation, and were created in a spontaneous and loose manner.
Penny died in 2000.