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Rod Penner is a Canadian artist with a penchant for illustrating hyperreal paintings of the American South that resemble artistic photographs.
Rod Penner’s paintings depict single-family homes and streets in small town Texas. The images are multifaceted and unique—they evoke a sense of nostalgia, melancholy and desolation.
“I’m interested in the look of things and the quality of being there, a moment that is completely frozen with all the variety of textures,” says Rod Penner, in his portfolio. “[I like] rust on poles, crumbling asphalt, light hitting the grass.”
Rod Penner’s work provides an unflinching look at towns that have suffered grave fiscal losses as the mills and textile plants that used to dot the American South continue to close, and the small towns that used to dominate American living continue to fade into economic obscurity as technology and globalization rapidly progresses.