Nature as shaped and redefined by human hands is the focus of Ross Penhall’s captivating yet enigmatic paintings. His work depicts enchanting, manicured, urban landscapes – groomed lawns, shaped shrubbery, pruned trees – all arranged in eye-pleasing symmetry that speaks of a serene, orderly world.
Drawing upon the influences of such notable painters as Thomas Hart Benton, Georgia O’Keefe, Grant Wood and Emily Carr, Penhall has taken his own turn enhancing the enhancements. He flattens, stylizes and simplifies forms, embellishes colors and exaggerates contrasts. The result is a make-believe, somewhat unreal landscape that although compelling, serves as a gentle reminder that nature is never static, and man’s imprint is transitory unless vigilantly maintained. Penhall often employs a path or tunnel that leads to an opening, a way through the scene into whatever unknown magic lies just beyond the horizon. His impeccable feeling for composition leads the viewer as effortlessly through his paintings as a child through an enchanted forest.
Capilano College, North Vancouver, BC.
Emily Carr Institute of Arts & Design, Vancouver, BC.
Malaspina Printmakers Society, Vancouver, BC.
2010 Art Singapore - Group Show with Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Singapore
2010 Campton Gallery, New York, NY
2008 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2007 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
2006 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.
Trajan Gallery, Carmel, CA.
2005 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
San Francisco International Art Exposition, San Francisco, CA.
2004 Orcas in the City fundraiser, Vancouver, BC.
Caldwell Snyder, New York, NY.
2003 Art Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Caldwell Snyder 20th Anniversary, San Francisco, CA.
Trajan Gallery, Carmel, CA.
2002 Trajan Gallery, Carmel, CA.
2001 Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
2000 2 X 2 group exhibition, Buschlen Mowatt Annex, Vancouver, BC.
Graduated Perspectives, Capilano College Alumni Show, North Vancouver, BC.
Toronto 2000 International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada.
Visions of the North Shore Print show, West Vancouver, BC.
Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Art London, UK.
A series of etchings produced collaboratively with New Leaf Editions, Vancouver, BC.
1999 Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
1998 A series of etchings produced collaboratively with New Leaf Editions, Vancouver, BC.
Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC.
Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, New York Art Fair, NY.
1997 Heartfelt, images concerning love by 13 BC artists, Vancouver, BC.
1996 Stone lithographs produced collaboratively with Prior Editions Ltd., Vancouver, BC.
1995 Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, emerging artist group exhibition, Vancouver, BC.
Selected Publications & Media
2006 The Standard, Discovery Channel.
2005 FANS Award, North Vancouver.
2005 BC Art Teachers Association Keynote Speaker.
2004 Ross Penhall, Setting the art scene on fire, Vancouver Lifestyles.
2004 Trajan Gallery, Artistic Serendipity, Carmel Magazine, Holiday Issue.
2003 Ross Penhall’s landscape paintings are all about mood, Monterey County Herald, July 10, 2003.
2002 West Vancouver Visual Arts Education Award Fundraisers.
2002 Be There Now, Coast Weekly, Monterey County, May issue.
2001 Lower Lonsdale attracts new gallery, North Shore News, Vancouver, November 2, 2001.
1998 University of Western Ontario IVEY Business Quarterly, Spring Cover.
1996 Great Works: An overview of contemporary BC Artists, Art Advisory Ltd.
1996 CBC Broadcast I, November.
1996 BCTV News Hour, November.