About

Penfield’s work reflects the direct experiences had from living and traveling around the country, focusing on representing aspects of phenomenology from these experiences in his work.

Born in St. Paul, MN, he grew up playing sports and snowboarding, enjoying being outside actively engaging with the environment. At 16 he went through a life altering accident which he fully recovered from, and gave him a new perspective on life, to live each day to the fullest given how it can be taken in an instant. So he went to college in CO at CU Boulder. After a crash at Keystone he was forced to leave and ended up at Hamline University in St. Paul where he studied intaglio printmaking while earning a degree in art history in 2007. He created a lot of content for musicians around this time, album covers, t shirt graphics, painting on stage to live music, then drove to the west coast afterwards to explore, worked and lived in San Francisco for a short time then back to Minneapolis. In 2009 he moved to NYC and attended Parsons the New School to study graphic design and interned with Vice. After freelancing and living in the city he returned to Minneapolis in 2012 where he now lives and works.

You can read 2 interviews below:


Education: 
2011 AAS Graphic Design, Parsons the New School, NYC

2007 BA Art History, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN


Representation:

Gallery Mar in Park City, UT :

www.gallerymar.com/artists/james-penfield


Horizon Fine Art in Jackson Hole, WY :

www.horizonfineartgallery.com/paintings/james-penfield


Schoonover Gallery in Steamboat Springs, CO :

https://schoonovergallery.com/artist/james-penfield


Read an interview by Gallery Mar

HERE

Read an interview by NYC based art consultant company Indiewalls.com 

HERE




Exhibitions:

2023 – “Gallery Mar 15th Anniversary Show,” Park City, UT

2022 – “LA Zoo Beastly Ball,” Los Angeles, CA

2021 – “LA Zoo Beastly Ball,” Los Angeles, CA

2019 – “It’ll Last Longer,” Gallery Mar, Park City, UT

2018 – “Windows,” GX Gallery, London, England

2017 – ”Looking In, Looking Through,” neo:gallery23, Manchester UK

2017 – ”Art of Engagement,” Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC

2016 – ”26th Annual Holiday Show,” Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

2016 – ”Love, SooVAC, Celebration of 15 Years of Art,” SooVAC Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2016 – ”Art As Politics,” Touchstone Gallery, Washington D.C.

2016 – ”MN Vikings Permanent Collection,” U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN

2014 – ”Make the Machine Feel Human,” Soo Local Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2014 – ”3 Person Show,” Will Call Gallery, St. Paul

2013 – ”23rd Annual Holiday Show,” Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

2013 – “Parsons Alumni Exhibition 2013,” Aronson Galleries, NYC

2013 – “Art For Life,” Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

2013 – “Bold New West,” Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

2011 – “Skate Related 2,” XYZ Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2011 – “Teenage Elixir,” Tarnish and Gold Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2010 – “EYE Will,” Nicademus Art and Framing, St. Paul, MN

2010 – “MN State Fair Annual Art Exhibition,” St. Paul, MN

2009 – “Midwest Biennial,” David Hummer Gallery, Wausau, WI

2009 – “MN State Fair Annual Art Exhibition,” St. Paul, MN

2008 – “The Fall Collection,” 555 Studios, Minneapolis, MN

2008 – “Hot Off the Press,” Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, MN

2007 – “Intaglio Archives: Selected Student Prints 1972-2007,” Hamline U, St. Paul, MN

2005 – “Drawing Conclusions,” Offbeat Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2002 – “Yo the Movement group show,” Calhoun Square Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

1999 – “MN Student Art Exhibition,” MN State Capital, St. Paul, MN




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