David’s paintings and collages have been shown in group and solo shows throughout the Pacific Northwest, Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle. He is currently featured in the (n)collage show at the Petaluma Arts Center from July 25 – September 14, 2014.

(n)collage is a mixed media collage, 3-D, found object and digital assemblages exhibit featuring works from Bay Area and California artists. The exhibit is in two locations:

Petaluma Arts Center: 230 Lakeville Street, Petaluma, CA

IceHouse Gallery: 405 East D Street, Petaluma, CA

4:20 Gallery, every 2nd Friday (July-September)

Local Bay Area, Oakland-based Californian artist, David Peniston declares The Sear’s Tower as THE WORLD’S LARGEST READYMADE

The Sears Tower (aka: The Willis Tower), Chicago, IL, 2014, readymade, 110 stories, 1,451 ft in height, 4,477,800 sq. ft. (1,451 x 255 x 255 ft.) weight: 222,500 (tons)

The Sears Tower
(aka: The Willis Tower), Chicago, IL, 2014, readymade, 110 stories, 1,451 ft in height, 4,477,800 sq. ft. (1,451 x 255 x 255 ft.) weight: 222,500 (tons)

Willis Tower (formerly named and still commonly referred to as Sears Tower) is a 110-story, 1,451-foot (442 m) skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois, United States. At the time of its completion in 1973, it was the tallest building in the world, surpassing the World Trade Center towers in New York, and it held this rank for nearly 25 years. Willis Tower is the second-tallest building in the United States and the eighth-tallest freestanding structure in the world. The skyscraper is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chicago, and over one million people visit its observation deck each year. Named the Sears Tower since its opening, the structure was renamed in 2009 by the Willis Group, as part of their lease on a large portion of its space.


Readymades[1], were first created by Marcel Duchamp in 1914. They are by definition, ordinary manufactured objects that an artist selects and modifies, as an antidote to what he called “retinal art”. By simply choosing the object (or objects) and repositioning or joining, titling and signing it, the object became art.[2]

[1] The term was commonly used in the United States to describe manufactured items to distinguish them from handmade goods.

[2] I will signed the building thus turning it into art next time I’m in Chicago.

The ‘Readymade’ will be one of 12’objects’ (including a poem!) featured in his “Metaphysical Objets d’Art” exhibit at the 4:20 GALLERY in Oakland (420 Peterson) the 2nd Friday of August (Aug. 8th) from 5:00-9:00pm

For more info call:  (510) 405-0616


2014 “The Universe as I Know It” Rockridge Branch Gallery, Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA

2009 “Lucid Dreams” Rockridge Branch Gallery, Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA

2003-04 “Strange Attraction” Bedford Gallery Bg Window Project, Walnut Creek, CA

1996 “Poetry Not Politics!” John Walden Arts Center, Bloomington, IN

1986 “In and Out of the Ordinary” Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR


2014 Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma, CA

2014 4:20 Gallery, Oakland, CA

2013 Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA

2011 – 2012 K Gallery, Rhythmix Cultural Center, Alameda, CA

2001 New Langton Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1999 Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1996 The Gallery at 23Y12, Havana, Cuba

1996 New Langton Arts Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1995 The Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley, CA

1994 Bolinas Art Museum, Bolinas, CA

1993 Lillian Paley Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, CA

1993 The Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

1993 Da Vinci Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1991 Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1991 Quel Fromage Gallery, San Diego

1990 The Zoo Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1989 The Hatley Martin Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1988 Alonso/Sullivan Gallery, Seattle, WA

1988 The Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA

1985 Santa Fe Council for the Arts, Santa Fe, NM

1985 Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

1985 Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Shellville, GA

1985 The California Museum of Photography, University of California at Riverside, Riverside, CA

1984 Name Gallery, Chicago, IL

1983 The Paul Villasenor Library Gallery, San Bernardino, CA