James Penfield is based in Minneapolis, MN.
– Gallery Mar, Park City, UT
– Horizon Fine Art, Jackson Hole, WY
– Schoonover Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO
Growing up drawing and snowboarding in the midwest in the 90’s, Penfield took many influential trips out west to the Rockies and eventually ended up pursuing college in CO to study art and to snowboard. Following a heavy crash at Keystone that left him down and out, he returned home and started up again, this time studying Art History and intaglio printmaking at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.
After graduating, Penfield pursued intaglio printmaking independently, traveling to the west coast to visit and meet with different shops and printmakers. Eventually finding himself temp. working in San Francisco and not much printmaking but lots of art seeing, he returned home once again.
Inspired more by the west coast landscapes and art/design worlds, he started to show and design more work in MN, printing at Highpoint Center for Printmaking and working with other independent creatives in the music scene there. After doing this for a few years it was time to move again, this time to NYC to pursue a graphic design education in the city that never sleeps. This allowed him to intern with Vice Media in Brooklyn as a graphic designer, exposing him to a larger international world that exists in art and design. After completing the internship, getting the degree and working as a freelance designer and screen printer in NYC, back to Minneapolis near Cedar Lake where he lives and works now.
The galleries Penfield works with represent the locations or regions that inspired and still inspire him as points of inspiration and perpetual energy to generate travel and experiences that can be relayed through his work at the gallery in the location of inspiration.
James sustained a NDE at 16 which taught him the value of life at a young age and he lives accordingly. You should really know and follow what makes you Feel alive. He’s lived around the US working or creating along the way and finds most inspiration through snowboarding in the mountains and big cities. He always has music playing in the background and methodically and technically approaches the canvas based on a perspective found in Zen Buddhism, being conscious or unconscious of the mind, and phenomenology, which explains the mechanics of why we define what we do or the “thing” that triggers our attention. There are a lot of overlaps with painting and playing an instrument where the same sort of zone is found and maintained while creating, always with a distinct feeling of being there and leaving.
Vice Media LLC
MN Vikings LLC
Sports and the Arts LLC
Totally Gross National Product
The East Side Arts Council (MN)
Blick Art Materials
Hotel Indigo (El Paso, TX)
Denver, CO Children’s Hospital
• 2016 – Selected artist for “Artists Serving Artists” program – Blick Art Materials
• 2015 – Selected artist (of 34) for permanent art installation and collection – MN Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium
• 2009 – Joseph Gazzuolo Memorial Award, for art illustration – MN State Fair
• 2006 – Henriette Diebold Art Scholarship – Hamline University
• 2006 – Karl Stumpf Travel Award in Art and Art History – Hamline University
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2011 AAS Graphic Design, Parsons the New School, NYC
2007 BA Art History and 3 years intaglio printmaking, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
2021 – “LA Zoo Beastly Ball,” Los Angeles, CA
2019 – “It’ll Last Longer,” Gallery Mar, Park City, UT
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,” 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 – “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
1999 – “MN Student Art Exhibition,” MN State Capital, St. Paul, MN