James Penfield is a Minneapolis based artist and designer who works in multiple mediums, focusing mainly on photography first. He’s represented by Gallery Mar in Park City, UT for his art and has created original works for Converse, Vice Magazine/Media LLC, the Denver Children’s Hospital, Hilton Hotels, MN Vikings LLC, Palladium Boots, and many others. Penfield has lived and worked in NYC, San Franciso and Boulder, CO.
Penfield has painted large scale permanent murals addressing the transformation of MN historical rhetoric, on display in Wadena, MN, has work hung in permanent collections around the US and has taught painting to students aged 8-18. He’s co created a published 6 book series, step by step on”How to Draw” through Abdo Publishing. You can view his client list and CV below.
Most of his work deals with ideas on light, perceptual psychology, semiotics, composition, chaos, order.
‘The brevity and stillness of Penfield’s work often reminds me of moments in time. Brief moments that we try and remember – an image that we try and capture within our minds and memories. And yet here they are on a canvas.
The stripped down memory of a place, the feel of it in your senses – the simple beauty of colors and lines is what attracts me to Penfield’s work. It is a peacefulness that we rarely encounter in modern art. With Penfield, this chaos is stripped away, until we are left with suggestions and imitations of the form’s true essence.”
– Victoria Kennedy, art consultant
Read an interview Penfield did with NYC based art consultant company Indiewalls.com here:
Hanging in the Foundry Lake Street Apartments, Minneapolis, MN
This and many others like it @ Gallery Mar, Park City, UT