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, with a background in intaglio and screen printing, illustration, photo production and graphic design. After surviving a near death experience in 1999 and suffering a TBI (fully recovered), Penfield felt a new lease on life, that permeates through his work, influencing his life from then on for the better with a new perspecitve. He’s lived in MN, CO, CA and NYC where he interned with Vice Media/Magazine and worked as a graphic designer in the city.

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

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

CONTACT: penfield5 (at)

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

B. 1983, St. Paul, MN

He’s been creating visual work since he can remember, first exhibiting work in 2000 and comes from a family of commercial and fine artists. Penfield creates his work by first physically interacting with his environment, documenting experiences hiking, biking, snowboarding, exploring, utilizing the freedom and clarity these experiences bring, to capture the pre intellectualized environment via camera, then using that experience and those images  as a toolset to evolve new works.

When light is deconstructed, spectrums of color emerge. Color is then looked at and harnessed to push and pull space to reveal form, like a constructive tool, shaping everything around us and Penfield’s subjects.

Investigating our relationship to wildlife and landscape, the intention in his work is to bring the viewer to a new space of comprehension using these relatable subjects to first anchor the mind in the known, then to guide it into questioning what it is we’re really looking at and experiencing, that moment or space in between the pre defined initial sensory impression and intellectualization, or the things that words have a hard time describing. 

View his client list below

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


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