I’m an artist and designer who works in multiple mediums, focusing mainly on photography first, I come from a family of photographers, designers and educators.  This enables me to explore different modes or ways of seeing and perceiving, which I’m always interested in. As an artist, I’ve created original work for Converse, Vice Magazine/Media LLC, the Denver Children’s Hospital, Hilton Hotels, MN Vikings LLC, Palladium Boots, and many others, living around the country here and there in MN, CO, CA and NYC. I first set out to CO when I was 18, after I was involved in a serious head on collision when I was 16, resulting in a 3 day coma. After a full recovery, I felt a new lease on life had been given to me and so I went off to Boulder for college. I’ve painted large scale permanent murals addressing the transformation of MN historical rhetoric, have work in permanent collections hung around the country and have taught painting to students aged 8-18. I’ve  co created a 6 book “How to Draw” series through Abdo Publishing and love to snowboard, hike, bike and be outdoors as often as I can.

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

Studio Series: James Penfield



This and many others like it @ Gallery Mar, Park City, 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.


Turtle piece hanging in the Hilton, Los Cabos, Mexico.

Horse piece hanging in Hotel Indigo, downtown El Paso, TX.

2 Mounted inverted photos taken from a plane flying over the Sierras hanging in the Imperial House Hotel, Park City, UT.


60x60cm piece for an all 60x60cm show in Manchester UK care of a residency program by “neo:artists”

24×20″ Cascade River State Park titled “Conscious Removal of Water” showing at the Touchstone Gallery for a politically motivated show this Aug. 2017.




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)
The town of Wadena, MN (murals)
The East Side Arts Council (MN)
The McNeely Foundation (MN)
Princeton Brushes
Palladium Boots
Conveyor Magazine
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:

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


– U.S. Bank Stadium (MN Vikings permanent art collection)
– Children’s Hospital, Denver, CO


• 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