James Penfield in Permanent Collection of Viking Stadium
James Penfield has had a busy year! In addition to painting commission work and artwork for our gallery, he was selected to paint five pieces for the Minnesota Viking’s football stadium. Penfield says that the opening at the stadium was, “truly a great time.”
The artists were able to tour the whole stadium with close to no one in it, as well as check out a variety of artwork. Appropriately, they were wined and dined!
We covered this project on a previous blog, but now it is tremendously exciting to see the finished pieces, installed.
Here is the Minneapolis Star Tribune article – http://www.startribune.com/vikings-commission-u-s-bank-stadium-art-from-34-minnesota-artists/330792101/ and another on the Minnesota Vikings’ official website – http://www.vikings.com/stadium/new-stadium/art.html.
The artwork grouping has been composed by Sports and the Arts, founded in 1995. They connect professional athletes and sports franchises with paintings, photography and limited edition artwork. What a great company with whom to work, and what an interesting niche!
Here are a few of their previous projects:
NY Jets Training Facility
The New Yankee Stadium
The Prudential Center
In addition, we recently discovered a wonderful promo video that Penfield made with Princeton brushes, through Blick Art Materials. It features his work and studio well, so you can take a behind the scenes peek at his life. Notice that Penfield paints atypically, on a flat, horizontal surface.