Matthew Penkala

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Matthew  Penkala Braid Myself in Two

Braid Myself in Two
- Acrylic on canvas stretched panel , 2015
48 x 48 in
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The abstract imagery of Matthew Penkala’s paintings strongly reflects his training and practice in photography.  The diffusion of intense, hot color is punctuated by crisp elements that fragment the surface and create movement and tension across the picture plane.  There is a luminous effect, inspired by the California light and landscape akin David Hockney’s early paintings. 

David Pagel of the Los Angeles Times described the work:  “Unlike so much of what makes up today’s visual landscape, Penkala’s paintings are slow burns. Combining the instantaneous appeal of eye-grabbing attractions with the lasting satisfactions of time-tested abstractions, his works treat viewers to luxuries rarely found in contemporary art: reverie and introspection.”

Penkala lives and works in Los Angeles. After receiving his BFA in Photography from Arizona State University, and his MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art, he moved to Los Angeles, where he is currently a faculty member at Otis College of Art and Design, as well as the Academic Projects Manager within the Provost’s Office. He has also served as the Visiting Artist in Residence within the Painting Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art.  His work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Neiman Marcus Collection, Houston, Texas; Maxine and Stuart Frankel Collection, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; and Daimler-Chrysler Permanent Collection, Southfield, Michigan, among others.

 

PRESS

“Plugged In”
David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Visual Art Source, 06/07/2016
Recommendation by Jordan Eddy


Tuesday, June 7, 2016
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Dreamy disquiet in Matthew Penkala's colorful paintings
The Los Angeles Times, 01/23/2014
David Pagel


Thursday, January 23, 2014
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NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS #103
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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EXHIBITIONS

From The Back Room (February 2017)
Friday, February 3, 2017 - Friday, March 3, 2017
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Holiday Group Show
Friday, December 2, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016
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Plugged In
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - Monday, July 4, 2016
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Matthew  Penkala Braid Myself in Two Braid Myself in Two
Acrylic on canvas stretched panel   2015
48 x 48 in
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PENM8965
Matthew  Penkala The Knife Behind the Curtain The Knife Behind the Curtain
Acrylic on canvas stretched panel   2015
48 x 48 x 3 in
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PENM8966
Matthew  Penkala Your Nose Grows Numb Your Nose Grows Numb
Acrylic on canvas stretched panel   2015
48 x 48 x 3 in
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PENM8967
Matthew  Penkala I Am Weightless I Am Weightless
Acrylic on canvas stretched panel   2013
48 x 48 in
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PENM5760
Matthew  Penkala I Can_t Breathe with You Looking at Me I Can't Breathe with You Looking at Me
Acrylic on canvas stretched panel   2013
48 x 48 in
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PENM5761
Matthew  Penkala No Big Deal No Big Deal
Acrylic on canvas stretched panel   2013
48 x 48 in
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PENM5763
Matthew  Penkala You Are My Center As I Spin Away You Are My Center As I Spin Away
Acrylic on canvas stretched panel   2013
60 x 60 in
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PENM5926

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