Steve Penley Bio
Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1964, Steve Penley has been drawing for as long as he can remember. He will say today that he never made a concisous decision to “be” an artist – it was something he always was.
Penley was reared in Macon, Georgia, and as with any child growing up in modern America, television imagery was a heavy influence on his life, and probably had a major impact on his choice of subject matter. Another big influence early on came from the world of comic books.
By the time he reached college at the University of Georgia, he had already trained himself to render objects with incredible realism. He later spent time at the School of Visual Arts in New York before returning to Atlanta.
Penley has picked up on pop art’s imagery, but his work lacks that movemet’s sarcastic edge. He has chosen subjects familiar to everyone, subjects that are already imprinted in the viewer’s minds. Penley takes familiar images and manipulates them with color, brush strokes, and added details to give them a fresh spring.
Steve Penley – Independence