Albert Sheldon Pennoyer was born in Oakland, CA on April 5, 1888, the son of a prosperous dry goods merchant who founded a store called Taft and Pennoyer. The Pennoyer family moved to nearby Berkeley while Sheldon was a child. After one year at UC, he sailed to Paris to study architecture at Ecole des Beaux Arts. He soon opted to become a painter instead and studied art at Academie Julian and Grand Chaumière under Ménard and Lucien Simon. At the outbreak of WWI, he left Europe and returned to his home in Berkeley. About 1919 he moved permanently to NYC but spent much time at his mother’s home in Litchfield, CT. Although he had a studio in NYC during his last 38 years, he made many painting trips to California and had a studio shack on his brother’s property at Lake Tahoe. He was the author of This Was California (1938) and Locomotives in Our Lives (1954). Pennoyer died in an auto accident in Madrid, Spain on Aug. 17, 1957.
Working in pastel, gouache and oil, he painted coastals, portraits, landscapes, railroad subjects, and scenes from his travels in Spain, Portugal, Central America, and the U.S. Pennoyer is also know for his paintings of skiers.
Member: AFA; SFAA; American WC Society; Century Club; NAC; Allied Artists of America; AAPL; Oakland AA.
Exh: Schussler Galleries (SF), 1914; PPIE, 1915; Calif. Artists, Golden Gate Park Museum, 1915; Oakland Art Gallery, 1916; Doll & Richards Gallery (Boston), 1917 (1st solo); LACMA, 1918, 1919 (solos); Macbeth Gallery (NYC), 1926; San Francisco Art Association, 1919-30; Vickery, Atkins & Torrey (SF), 1930; CPLH, 1958 (memorial).
In: Oakland Museum; CPLH; Henry Ford Museum (Dearborn, Ml); MM; De Young Museum; Society of Calif. Pioneers; Santa Barbara Museum; Smithsonian Inst.; West Point Military Academy; CHS.
From Crocker Museum/AskArt Archives