Introduced to the landscape and plein-air painting at the age of six during an artists retreat in Ballinskelligs, Ireland, I have always loved the landscape in all of its splendor. Attempting to recreate faded memories and create new ones that haven't happened yet, I have begun to use a midwestern landscape as a tool for recollection.
Inspired by regionalist artists such as Andrew Wyeth and David Hockney, the figures collaged onto my view of the landscape are pulled from the ever-growing database of image sharing applications, such as Instagram and Snapchat. While simultaneously incorporating photos from a Gerhard Richter-Inspired Atlas, a self-maintained archive of thousands of photos are also used as reference.
By disassociating the figures from their original context and placing them into my created worlds, the viewer is tasked with attempting to make sense of an image that doesn't make complete sense in the first place. Like a story passed down through time, my process is indicative of generational differences of tales and memories.
Born in Fairview Park, Ohio in 1992, Palencar currently resides in Kent, Ohio and is slated to graduate from Kent State University with a Masters of Fine Arts degree in the spring of 2018.
Graduating from the University of Akron in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Palencar was awarded the top-honor scholarship at the Myers School of Art as well as receiving an additional scholarship for his watercolors through the Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation.
Having exhibited in galleries from Cleveland to Canton and Collectors ranging from Prague to New Jersey, Palencar currently teaches Drawing I at Kent State University as well as several acrylic painting courses at the Canton Museum of Art.