Derek Penix

Derek Penix was born on December 29, 1980 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Growing up Penix was surrounded by artists in his family as his mother and grandfather painted. Penix did not pursue painting until after graduating high school. Penix’s mother encouraged him to pursue his talent and took his paintings down to a local gallery where he sold his first piece.

 

Through the years Penix has been inspired by old masters such as Nicolai Fechin, Sargent and the French Impressionists, but it has been over the last few years that Penix has been the most influenced by artist Quang Ho. Penix had the opportunity to take a workshop under Mr. Ho and later to study briefly with him. Since then, Penix believes his paintings have grown more in the last two years than in his last ten years of painting.

 

As an artist Penix gains inspiration from his environment whether that be at the park, in his home, or traveling abroad. He enjoys the freedom to paint different subject matter and has learned to push himself to try new things, even if they are out of his comfort zone.

Penix was recognized in SouthWest Art Magazine's “21 Under 31” artist competition in 2010. He continues to paint full time as a professional artist and strives to advance his skill.

 

 

Special Honors/Competitions:

Boldbrush: Best of Show (August 2017)

Daily Paint Works: Third Place (August 2017)

Boldbrush: Second Place (July 2017)

Daily Paint Works: Judges' Pick (July 2017)

Boldbrush: Finalist (April 2017)

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Spring On-Line International Show: Merit Award (May 2017)

PleinAir Salon Competition: 3rd Place Overall (Oct/Nov. 2016)

Boldbrush: Best of Show (November 2016)

 

Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition: Second Place (2016)

American Impressionist Society 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition: Michael Harding Handmade Artist Oil Colours Award of Distinction (2016)

Oil Painters of America Summer Online Showcase: Honorable Mention (2016)

Boldbrush: 2nd Place (July 2016)

 

Oil Painters of America 25th National Juried Exhibition: Gold Medal Award (2016)

Boldbrush: 2nd Place (February 2016)

Oil Painters of America Fall Online Showcase: First Place (2015)

American Impressionist's Society 16th Annual AIS National Juried Exhibition: Honorable Mention (2015)

Boldbrush: Finalist (June 2015)

NOAPS Online International: Best of Show (Spring 2014)

Daily Paint Works: 2nd Place (March 2014)

Boldbrush: Finalist (February 2014)

Daily Paint Works (February 2014): 2nd Place

 

 

BAA 61th Annual Spring Show 2014: First Place 

Southwest Art Magazine Artistic Excellence: Honorable Mention (2014)

The Artist Magazine Annual Art Competition: 2nd Place Landscape (2013) 
National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society: Best Landscape (2013) 
American Impressionist Society 14th Annual Juried Exhibition: 3rd Place (2013) 
RayMar: Finalist (August 2013) 
The Laumeister Competition: 2nd Place (2013) 
RayMar: Finalist (June 2013) 
RayMar: Finalist (April 2013) 
Oil Painters of America Online Showcase: First Place (Spring 2013) 
Oil Painters of America 22nd National Juried Exhibition Associate Signature Division: Seascape Honorable Mention (May 2013) 
BAA 60th Annual Spring Show 2013: Best of Show 
Boldbrush: Third Place (March 2013) 
RayMar: Finalist (March 2013) 
RayMar: Finalist (February 2013) 
RayMar 6th Annual Fine Art Competition: 3rd Place (2013) 
RayMar: Finalist (November 2012) 
Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition: Award of Excellence (2012) 
Boldbrush: "Best of Show" (August 2012) 
Oil Painters of America Online Showcase: Honorable Mention (Summer 2012) 
Oil Painters of America 2012 National Juried Exhibition Associate Signature Division: President's Award of Excellence 
Boldbrush: Finalist (May 2012) 
RayMar: Finalist (May 2012) 
Oil Painters of America Online Showcase: Honorable Mention (Spring 2012) 
BAA 59th Annual Spring Show 2012: Best of Show "The Beach" 
BAA 59th Annual Spring Show 2012: 3rd Place "Boats in the French Riviera" 
RayMar: Finalist (March 2012) 
Boldbrush: Judge (January 2012) 
RayMar: Finalist (Dec. 2011) 
Oil Painters of America Online Showcase: Honorable Mention (Fall 2011) 
Boldbrush: "Best of Show" (October 2011) 
Boldbrush: Finalist (July 2011) 
Boldbrush: Finalist (June 2011) 
RayMar: Finalist (May 2011) 
Southwest Art:  21 under 31 Finalist (September 2010) 
RayMar: Finalist (April 2010)          
                                                                                                                                                                      
Education/Workshops:

Quang Ho- Art Student's League of Denver and studied privately
C.W. Mundy- Studied Privately
Gay Faulkenberry- Scottsdale Art School Workshop
                                                                                

Memberships:

Salmagundi Art Club

Oil Painters of America: Associate Member

American Impressionist Society

National Oil Acrylic Painters' Society

Oklahoma Society of Impressionists

                                                                                                                       
Selected Group Exhibitions:

2017 Oil Painters of America 26th Annual National Juried Exhibition

2017 American impressionist Society Impressions Small Works Showcase

2016 The Salmagundi New Members Showcase

2016 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum- Small Works, Great Wonders

2016 Gilcrease Collector's Reserve Show

2016 Oil Painters of America Juried Western Regional Exhibition

2016 Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show of Traditional Oils

2016 17th Annual AIS National Juried Exhibition

2016 The Bennington Center for the Arts Laumeister Competition

2016 Salmagundi Annual Non-Member Painting & Sculpture Exhibition

2016 Oil Painters of America 25th National Juried Exhibition 

2016 717 Gallery Fine Art International Invitational Show

2015 Gallery 1261 Group Exhibition

2015 Gallery 1261 Small Works

2015 Gardner Colby Group Show

2015 American Impressionist's Society's 16th Annual AIS National Juried Exhibition

2014 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum- Small Works Great Wonders 

2014 BAA 61th Annual Spring Show

2013 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum- Small Works Great Wonders 

2013 Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art 3rd Annual Juried Salon Show 
2013 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society's Best of America Exhibition 
2013 Howard Mandville Small Works Show 
2013 American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition 
2013 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition 
2013 California Museum of Fine Art Fall Exhibition 
2013 Gallery 1261 "Group Exhibition" (July 26-Sept. 14) 
2013 Gallery 1261 "New Works/New Voices" (April 19th-June 1st) 
2013 Gallery 1261 "Rethinking Western" Group Show (January-February) 

2013 National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society 23rd Annual Best of America Exhibit
2013 American Impressionist Society 14th Annual Juried Exhibition
2013 The Laumeister Competition
2013 Oil Painters of America 22nd National Juried Exhibition Associate Signature Division
2013 BAA 60th Annual Spring Show

2012 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition
2012 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition Associate Signature Division: President's Award of Excellence 
2012 BAA 59th Annual Spring Show
2012 BAA 59th Annual Spring Show

2012 American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition

2012 Gallery 1261 Small Works Show 
2012 Abend Gallery 22nd Annual Holiday Miniatures Show 
2012 Waterhouse Gallery Great American Figurative Artist Exhibition 
2012 American Impressionist Society 13th Annual National Juried Exhibition 
2012 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition 
2012 Oil Painters of America 21st Annual National Juried Exhibition 
2012 Abend Gallery's Artist Show 
2012 Waterhouse Gallery's Small Gems Show 
2011 Abend Gallery 21st Annual Miniature Show 
2011 Waterhouse Gallery's 6th Great American Figurative Artist Exhibition 
2008 Guest Artist for Oklahoma Society of Impressionists

                                                                                                                                              
Publications:

American Art Collector Magazine: Artist Focus (June 2017)

Lori Putam Blog:  My Struggle: Balancing Creativity And Technical Ability, Derek Penix 2016

Plein Air Magazine "Meet the $30K Prize Winner" (September 2016)

Fine Art Connoisseur "Three to Watch" (Jan/Feb 2016)

NewsOK "Oils come alive in painting exhibit by Tulsan | News OK" (2015)

Art of the West (May/June 2015)

American Art Collector (May 2014)

Oklahoma Magazine "40 Under 40" (April 2014)

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (2014)

Fine Art Connoisseur: "Contemporary Impressionists Receive Recognition" (2013) 
The Artist Magazine (December 2013) 
Fine Art Connoisseur: Exploration and Expression in the Paintings by Derek Penix (2013)
Fine Art Connoisseur: "Stunning Portraits and a Steel Deer at the Bennington" (2013) 
Fine Art Connoisseur: "OPA Spring Online Showcase Award Winners" (2013)
Southwest Art Magazine: Feature Article (October 2012) 
Informed Collector Recommends: Issue #880 (May 21 2012) 
Lines and Colors: (May 2012) 
Canvoo Focal Point: (March 2012) 
Fine Art Views Spotlight: (Nov 2011
Informed Collector Recommends: Issue #698 (August 2011) 
Southest Art:  21 under 31 Finalist (September 2010) 
Fine Art Views: (June 2010) 
Western Art Collector (2010) 
Performance Magazine (January 2007) 
Tulsa People Magazine (January 2007)