Ross Penhall Biography
A popular western Canadian painter and printmaker, Ross Penhall was born and raised in West Vancouver, British Columbia, where he still works and lives.
His primary medium is oil on canvas, however he has worked in acrylic, watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, stone lithograph, and etching. His primary subjects are landscapes, gardens, trees, farmland, forests, urban parks, and suburban street scenes. His style is Fauvism. The AskART images are excellent illustrations of his work.
For years a full-time firefighter in West Vancouver and part-time painter, Penhall, now a fulltime painter, is considered self taught. However, he has taken courses in art and printmaking at Capilano College (now Capilano University), North Vancouver, under Wayne Eastcott; and also at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design (now Emily Carr University of Art + Design), Vancouver. Penhall also notes being influenced by the works of A. J. Casson, Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, Wayne Thiebaud and Georgia O’Keeffe.
His work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at numerous prominent commercial galleries such as Gallery Jones, Vancouver; Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver and London (England); Winsor Gallery, Vancouver; Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco and St. Helena, California; Trajan Gallery, Carmel, California; and Campton Gallery, New York City.
His paintings and prints are in numerous private and corporate collections; and, according to the Canadian Heritage Information Network* and individual museum websites, they’re in the permanent collections of the Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa, Ontario), the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (University of British Columbia, Vancouver), and the Nanaimo Art Gallery (Nanaimo, B.C.).