Ross Penhall, Anchorage, 2023, oil on canvas
Image credit: Ross Penhall, Anchorage, 2023, oil on canvas, 40 x 50 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Ward Bastian.

Losing Control of the Landscape: Ross Penhall

About the Exhibition

Opening Reception: October 3, 6 to 8 p.m.

Landscape painting as a genre can transport viewers to both familiar and new places. Ross Penhall, who has lived in West Vancouver since birth, uses the genre of landscape painting to consider the effects of his natural surroundings on his corporal perceptions. Working from his own photography and plein-air studies, Penhall manipulates a view and focuses in on the natural elements that interest him most. Like the Romantic painters who preceded him, his final composition is a heavily adapted, although still recognizable, simulacrum of the original view.

About the Artist

Ross Penhall was born in 1959 in West Vancouver, British Columbia. He attended the studio art program at Capilano College and studied print making with Wayne Eastcott. Penhall continued his education in extra-sessional studies at the Emily Carr College of Art. His work can be found in numerous private, corporate and public collections in the United States and in Canada.

Art Talks

Ross Penhall in conversation with Hilary Letwin, presented with the West Vancouver Memorial Library.


Generously supported by Heffel.

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