I recently interviewed Rod via e-mail and found his responses to be just like his paintings: direct, clear and unmistakably strong.
John Seed Interviews Rod Penner
Viewers connect to the work because the paintings are not just about a specific place but are also rooted in memory.
I've painted large and now I want to paint small. It's a new challenge. The inspiration for these 6 x 6 inch square paintings comes from many sources; 17th century Dutch painting, the poetry of William Carlos Williams, and my own small works collection to name a few. I liken these works to poems or meditations.
You won't find any hidden or overt socio-political meaning in my work and at the same time I hope that by utilizing what I find in the American landscape I'm able to connect to viewers on a deeper psychological level.
It's an accurate assessment for a lot of art produced today. My paintings are based on my surroundings and observations and I hope they transcend technique. Hyperrealist paintings that don't reveal something of the human condition leave me cold.
Yes. This painting was influenced in part by the work of John Zurier. I'm also a big fan of Frederick Hammersley's geometric paintings, the winter scenes of tonalist Bruce Crane, and anything pre 1900 from John Francis Murphy. I am consciously trying to simplify certain compositions while infusing elements of abstraction and tonalism.
I want them to have a spiritual experience. Or at the very least, a newfound awareness and appreciation of their surroundings.
It's very eclectic; ranging from a 7 x 7 foot canvas by contemporary artist Andy Piedilato down to a 4 x 6 inch study by Richard Estes. A drawing, dating back to 17th century Italy, hangs in our den next to a small 19th century painting by Spanish artist Eduardo Zamacois y Zabala. Scattered throughout our walls are a few modest Hudson River School paintings, including works by A. T. Bricher and Samuel Lancaster Gerry. Most of our collection has come to us by way of trades and auctions. If money was no object, I'd be scooping up works by Ralph Albert Blakelock and John Francis Murphy.
Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe
17 October - 23 November 2013