Rod Penner - Bertram, TX, 2006 (detail)

Rod Penner

August 5, 2013

Canada-born and American-based artist, Rod Penner depicts abandoned and forgotten landscapes in small Texas towns. Working from photographs, the artist creates small-scale works characterized by a beautiful light quality.

Born in Vancouver in 1965, Penner currently lives and works in the sparsely populated town of Marble Falls, Texas. He attended Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada before receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986 from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has had numerous solo exhibitions at such venues as OK Harris, New York, NY; Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, TX; Kauffman Galleries, Houston, TX; and Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY. His work is included in the permanent collections of The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK; The Virlane Foundation, New Orleans, LA; The Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI; and Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK, among others.

Possessing a warm, cinematic quality, Penner's photorealistic works show surprisingly evocative, familiar places which were once prosperous, displaying a profound and genuine sense of American culture. As meditations on the recent past and the passage of time, they evoke contrasting senses of isolation and nostalgia, melancholy and peacefulness. He describes his works as poetic, capturing "a moment that is completely frozen with all the variety of textures."

Featured image: Rod Penner - Bertram, TX, 2006 (detail). Acrylic on canvas. 24 × 36 in. 61 × 91.4 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery