Pennerton West Biography

Pennerton West




Pennerton West, painter, printmaker and designer, was born in New York City on April 11, 1913. She was a direct descendent of the famous American painter Benjamin West (1738-1820). West studied in New York at the Art Students League and Cooper Union, as well as independent study with abstract artists Hans Hoffman and Ibram Lassaw. She worked at Stanley William Hayter's Atelier 17 in New York where she was exposed to a number of major European and American printmakers.

West was included in Atelier 17's twelfth group exhibition at the Leicester Galleries in London in March 1947 and her work was included in traveling exhibitions arranged by the American Federation of Arts and the U.S. State Department during the early 1950s. In March 1953, the Brooklyn Museum mounted an exhibition entitled Nine Women Painters, which featured works by Perle Fine, Helen Frankenthaler, Frannie Hillsmith, Linda Lindeberg, Alice Trumbull Mason, Joan Mitchell, Sonia Sekula, Hedda Stern and Pennerton West. Her prints were twice included in the Brooklyn Museum's National Print Annuals. Her work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the New York Public Library.

Pennerton West died in New York on June 29, 1965.