deb penk

As a Wisconsin born “Polish Princess”, art became a natural escape for this now Wyoming artist. “Contemporary Graphic Realism — with a twist” was an ideal artistic style for Penk, who exploits the colorful side of personality and life.

With an “I’ll try anything once” attitude, Penk often does. Her vibrant colors as well as colorful personalities come in all ages, gender and lifestyles. People any place or any time are unsafe from the light hearted exposure of Penk’s “fun stuff”.

Pop Art Americana describes Penk’s subject matter as well as influence. A special blending of Andy Warhol with Norman Rockwell creates her sometimes satirical contemporary images. Whether one “gets it” or not isn’t important. Enjoying life and it’s personalities is the soul of Penk’s art.

Paul Cezanne stated, “Right now a moment of time is fleeting by!  Capture its’ reality in paint.”  Following Cezanne’s credo, Deb Penk considers her style to be ‘Contemporary Graphic Realism’ – with a twist!  Ms. Penk wittily exploits the colorful side of life and the personas that inhabit her universe.  She whimsically captures the essence of each character.  Penk’s paintings boldly expose vibrant hues as well as lively personalities representing all ages, genders and lifestyles.  A consummate attention to detail is paramount for Ms. Penk, as the gorgeous milieu surrounding her figures is not accidental but instead intentional, as they add to the allure and charisma to each story she tells.

History

  • Western Wisconsin Technical Institute, (University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse) Associate Degree in Commercial Art, LaCrosse, Wisconsin (thus the graphic emphasis and extreme respect for Octoberfest)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie (me-no-money), Wisconsin, Bachelor’s of Science in Art Education (thus the BS personality)
  • Natrona County High School Art Instructor, Casper, Wyoming
  • Sole Business Owner of ‘Party Animals’, Wyoming
  • Entrepreneur of many side lines, including, but not limited to, Custom shape and embellish cowboy hats, Customize cowgirl belts, fighting cactus and scorpions in AZ, and dancing at the cowboy bars.

Achievements

Publications

Cowboy and Indians, Southwest Art, Western Collector, American Collector, The Luxury, Wildlife Art, InformArt, Art News, Country Journal, Art of the West.

Newsprint

Phoenix AZ Republic, Prescott, AZ Daily Courier, Jackson Hole News and Guide, Casper Star Tribune, Denver Post, Cheyenne Frontier

Shows

  • Mountain Artist’s Guild Spotlight Show, Prescott, AZ
  • AZ Studio Tour Artist, Prescott, AZ
  • Out of the Box, Artist Invitational, National Wildlife Museum, Jackson, WY
  • Cowgirl Up!, Wickenburg, AZ
  • Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, NY, NY
  • West Lives On Gallery, Jackson, WY
  • Nicolaysen Art Museum, Postcards of the West Invitational, Casper, WY
  • Andy Warhol Exhibit-Northern Rockies Art Invitational, Casper, WY
  • Plein Air Invitational, National Wildlife Art Museum, Jackson, WY
  • Grand Teton Gallery, Jackson, WY
  • Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Wild Horse National Art Benefit, Wild Horse Winery, CA
  • Waterfront Gallery, LaCrosse, Wisconsin
  • Charles Russell Show, Great Falls, MT
  • Celebrity Extravaganza, Jackson, WY
  • CES, Art of Love, Jackson, WY
  • Kansas City Southwest Showcase, Kansas City, KS
  • Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cheyenne, WY
  • Sturgis Art Museum, Motorcycle Art Invitational, Sturgis, SD
  • Whodunnit, Art Association, Jackson, WY

Private Collections

(not limited to)

  • David Cooper, Campbell Soup, Vice President, Pennsylvania
  • Senator Wallop of Wyoming
  • Zook’s Harley Davidson, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Virginian Bar and Convention Center, Jackson, Wyoming
  • James Fink, Vice President, Tootsie Toy Corporation, Chicago, Illinois
  • Garry Snook, President of Performance Bicycle Inc., Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Bill and Joan Andrews, Author International, Hollywood, California
  • Sharon and Lyle Waggoner, Hollywood, California
  • Dr. Richard Largay, Portland, Maine
  • Rancher Bar, Roadhouse Cafe of Jackson, Wyoming
  • Bubba’s Bar-B-Q, Bend, Oregon, Jackson, Wyoming
  • Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming
  • Steamboat Springs Art Depot Museum, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, Wyoming
  • John and Bobbi Barasso, Washington, D.C., Casper, Wyoming

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