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It's not a pretty picture.
Victor John Penner is an outsider, a first generation Canadian born into a Mennonite family (Vancouver BC, 1958) whose ethos was “in the world, but not of the world”. This upbringing gave Penner the unique perspective of an observer or witness. Although a high school dropout, a fortuitous encounter in 1979 with Andy Warhol and Paloma Picasso in N.Y.C. inspired Penner to pursue a life devoted to art and design. By 1983 he was living and established as a graphic designer in Tokyo, Japan. Among various other projects, he created applied designs for David Bowie costume designer Kansai Yamamoto and portrait commissions for Christian Dior Japon.
While printmaking (silkscreen), filmmaking, and graphic/object design are all part of Penner’s oeuvre, since 1992 he has concentrated almost exclusively on the photographic image. His intuitive street style and immediate approach has led to his work being used by many Fortune 500 companies and also to be recognized by Applied Arts, Communication Arts, Graphis, PDN, Photo Media and PRINT periodicals. The Jones Soda brand Penner created has been exhibited at the Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York.
Recent exhibitions include, DISTRICT* (2017, WV Museum), Artist’s Depiction (2015, Gordon Smith Gallery, permanent collection), SD/45 (2014, WV Museum, group show) and Not Safe to Occupy (2014, Gordon Smith Gallery, and 2013, Gallery 295)
Victor John Penner currently lives and works in North Vancouver.
DISTRICT* / West Vancouver Museum / 2017
SD45 / ONE.five / West Vancouver Museum / 2016 / group exhibition
Artists Depiction / Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art / 2015
SD45 / ONE / West Vancouver Museum / 2014 / group exhibition
West Van meets East Van / Pop up exhibition / 2014 / group exhibition
Not Safe to Occupy / Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art / 2014
Not Safe to Occupy / Gallery 295 / 2013
Four Eyes / Pacific Light Impressions / 1996
101 / UNIT/ PITT Projects / 1986
UAL-ICA / Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum / 1983
Domestic Device / 12 West / 1980