James Penfield is based in Minneapolis, MN and is represented by Gallery Mar in Park City, UT and Horizon Fine Art in Jackson Hole, WY. You can read more about process and technique along with 2 interviews below by indiewalls.com and Gallery Mar.

Penfield has worked professionally in photo labs, graphic design studios, frame shops and has a background in fine arts, graphic design, philosophy, photography and art history, which he utilizes in his work. James sustained a NDE at 16 which taught him the value of life at a young age and he lives accordingly. You should really know and follow what makes you Feel alive. He’s lived around the US working or creating along the way and finds most inspiration through snowboarding in the mountains and big cities. He typically photos a subject first to catch that initial impression that hooks the mind without thinking. He applies color theory learned through intaglio printmaking inks and printing color plates and methodically and technically approaches the canvas based on a perspective in Zen Buddhism being conscious or unconscious of the mind, and phenomenology, which explains the mechanics of why we define what we do or the “thing” that triggers our attention. He needs music to be playing to paint and he reconstructs the inital impression to create an image that’s both recognized and abstracted, to show how the mind discriminates information and to illustrate that process, to leave you in a state of flux.

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Horizon Fine Art: CLICK

Client list:
Vice Magazine
Vice Media LLC
MN Vikings LLC
Sports and the Arts LLC
Palladium Boots
Abdo Publishing
Totally Gross National Product
Conveyor Magazine
The East Side Arts Council (MN)
Blick Art Materials
Hotel Indigo (El Paso, TX)
Soho Myriad
Hilton Hotels
Denver, CO Children’s Hospital


• 2016 – Selected artist for “Artists Serving Artists” program – Blick Art Materials
• 2015 – Selected artist (of 34) for permanent art installation and collection – MN Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium
• 2009 – Joseph Gazzuolo Memorial Award, for art illustration – MN State Fair
• 2006 – Henriette Diebold Art Scholarship – Hamline University
• 2006 – Karl Stumpf Travel Award in Art and Art History – Hamline University

Read an interview by Gallery Mar


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


2011 AAS Graphic Design, Parsons the New School, NYC

2007 BA Art History and 3 years intaglio printmaking, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN


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

San Luis Valley, CO
Chasm Falls, Rocky Mountain National Park
Chinatown NYC
private residence, Park City, UT
Hilton Hotel, Los Cabos, Mexico (turtle)
Commissioned deer piece for One Empire Pass, Deer Valley, UT
Permanent display – US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN – 5 piece commissioned series for the MN Vikings.
Between Vail and Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO

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