Select installed work

60×40″ commission in Deer Valley, UT. Hanging in One Empire Pass., courtesy of Gallery Mar.
Install shots in Park City, UT, private residences, courtesy of Gallery Mar and Root’d Home. “Hunters,” and “Blue Light Blue Shadows,” (right side) both 48x44x1.5″

5 4×3′ paintings installed in US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis. Part of the MN Vikings permanent art collection. Working with CA based company Sports and the Arts.


James Penfield is a Minneapolis, MN based landscape and wildlife artist. 

Born in 1983, St. Paul, MN

CONTACT: penfield5 (at)

Penfield spends most of the time these days creating artwork in one way or another, but has a professional background in graphic design, photo production, art framing and teaching. He attended UC Boulder starting in 2002, Hamline University and Parsons the New School. and holds degrees in Art History and Graphic Design. 

I don’t have much of a plan when I make work, following my will and creating afterwards. I’m from MN, so I’ve been travelling away from here to experience the mountains, oceans, different cities and other countries for a while now. I always find myself with an itch to explore and photographing similar subject matter no matter what location I’m in though, and see patterns in that process. So I’d say that my resulting work is a reflection of those patterns. I like to think of it like light or an unknown as structure, defining color and form around us. And we’re all moving through and recording the present pattern.

Images are used based on semiotics and graphical representations, like a language. 

View his fine artwork through this page, or sound/image experiments here:

or his graphic design work and “How to Draw” 6 book series through Abdo Publishing here:

-Represented by Gallery Mar in Park City, UT and Horizon Fine Art in Jackson Hole WY.


-Read an interview Penfield did with NYC based art consultant company here:



View his client list below


CV/Client list

James has created original artwork or design for:

Vice Media LLC
Vice Magazine
Hilton Hotels
Denver, CO Children’s Hospital
MN Vikings LLC/ US Bank Stadium
Hotel Indigo (El Paso, TX)
DAC Art Consulting
Princeton Brushes
Palladium Boots
Conveyor Magazine
The town of Wadena, MN (murals)
The East Side Arts Council (MN)
The McNeely Foundation (MN)
NoEcho Records
Totally Gross National Product
Graham O’brien (composer/producer)
Glenn Crytzer (band leader/composer)
Abdo Publishing
Blick Art Materials


2011 – AAS Graphic Design – Parsons the New School of Design, New York, NY
2007 – BA Art History – Hamline University, St. Paul, MN

Select Group Shows:

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,” duo show with Brian David Downs, 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 – “The Show That Never Was,” Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
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

2000 – “MN Student Art Exhibition,” MN State Capital, St. Paul, MN

Permanent Collections:

– U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN (MN Vikings permanent art collection)
– Children’s Hospital, Denver, CO
– One Empire Pass, Deer Valley, UT


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