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iography and Resume

Deb_PicAs 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 has stated, “Right now a moment of time is fleeting by! Capture it’s 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 Western universe.Known as “The Diva of the West”, a feeling of “joie-de-vivre” permeates her work, as Ms. Penk whimsically captures the essence of each character.Her vibrant hues as well as lively personalities represent all ages, genders and lifestyles, with an emphasis on celebrating the West.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 in her series.

Ms. Penk’s subject matter as well as influence is described as “Pop Art Americana”.A special blending of Andy Warhol with Norman Rockwell creates her sometimes satirical contemporary images.Ms. Penk stresses the importance of enjoying life and the personalities she creates in her mesmerizing works of art.”

HISTORY:

  • St. Hedwig’s Catholic Grade School 1-8 (thus the rebel attitude)
  • Thorp (population 1,400) High School 9-12 (result: dare you! dare me!)
  • Western Wisconsin Technical Institute, (University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse) Asociate Degree in Commercial Art, LaCrosse, WI (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)10 years of teaching, Casper, Wy (explaining the pyscho twitch)
  • Sole Owner of Business, Party Animals, 10 years (need more info there?)

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

    • Publications: (not limited to) Southwest Art, Western Collector, American Collector, The Luxury, Wildlife Art, Inform Art, Art News, Country Journal, Art of the West, Cowboys and Indians
    • Newsprint: Jackson Hole News and Guide, Casper Star-Tribune, Denver Post, Cheyenne Frontier, plus others as well as TV programs. 
  • Show
    • 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,
    • Andy Warhol Exhibit-Northern Rockies Art Invitational, Casper, WY
    • National Wildlife Art Museum, Jackson, WY
    • Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, CO
    • Wild Horse National Art Benefit, Wild Horse Winery, CA
    • Waterfront Gallery, LaCrosse, WI
    • Charles Russell Show, Great Falls, MT
    • Celebrity Extravaganza, Jackson, WY
    • Kansas City Southwest Showcase, Kansas City, KS
    • Cheyenne Frontier Days, WY
    • Sturgis Art Museum, Motorcycle Art Invitational, Sturgis, SD

 

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:

(not limited to)

  • David Cooper, Campbell Soup Vice President
  • 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-Que, of Bend, Oregon
  • Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, Wyoming
  • Steamboat Springs Art Depot Museum, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, Wyoming
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