Growing up with a deep love for the outdoors, and snowboarding in the mountains, Penfield’s approach is based on actively interacting with landscape to generate perceptions and impressions, to break it down and build it back again, creating work thats based on direct contact with nature through experience. Early on he started to develop aesthetics and branding design for musicians and friends, which you can see carry on into his fine artwork hung in galleries and spaces across the country.
As a graphic designer I love to work with musicians and music branding, developing aesthetics along with sound. The idea of mixing sensory experience has always intrigued me and I do dabble in the music as much as possible. I look at color and sound like a tool that pushes and pulls space. Trained as a printmaker and graphic designer, color is applied intuitively while painting in process.
I don’t believe in translating nature or the city without actually experiencing it for the impressions it communicates. But do believe that there exists a distinct set of experiences that we all have related to what we call landscape and wildlife. The trick is to find the spark in the chaos and translating that with order through a medium, to present back to the viewer a more accurate visual image of what we call nature, or to elude to an alternative interpretation through that method of presenting order/chaos, not to overwhelm the mind which misses the point, but to guide it to a higher ground.
Penfield has created original works for Totally Gross National Product, Converse, Vice Magazine/Media LLC, the Denver Children’s Hospital, Hilton Hotels, MN Vikings LLC, Palladium Boots, and others.
He’s painted large scale permanent murals addressing the transformation of MN historical rhetoric, 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, available always. You can view his client list and CV below.
“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:
60×40″ “Glow” deer commission hanging in Deer Valley, UT.
5 3×4′ MN Vikings wide receivers past through present Commission – Hanging permanently in the Loft Suites at US Bank Stadium, downtown Minneapolis, MN.
Wildlife paintings hanging in the Denver Children’s Hospital.
“Deep Divers’ Turtle piece hanging in the Hilton, Los Cabos, Mexico.
“Run to the Hills” Horse piece hanging in Hotel Indigo, downtown El Paso, TX.
“Walking Home, Concrete Glow, Dumbo Bridge, Brooklyn” Hanging in the Foundry Lake Street Apartments, Minneapolis, MN