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Glenn Gibbs

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Born in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada in 1954, Glenn grew up in Vancouver, attending The Vancouver School of Art for one year, from 1974 – 1975. In the same year he bought a small farm on Turtle Lake in Northern Saskatchewan, planning to live and paint there. One year later Glenn sold the farm and left for Braunschweig, Germany to study Fine Art at The Braunschweiger Kunstakademie. In the 3 day entrance examination to the school, he received the highest mark from 250 applicants that year. Glenn studied painting under Professor Hermann Albert in 1978 and under Professor Malte Satorius in 1979 & 1980, organizing the first painting exhibition at the school in 1980.
In the same year, he returned to Vancouver to exhibit with the Exhibition Galleries and work on a series of nudes.
Glenn’s artwork represents a striving to reconcile the inner world of instinct and the tidal sweep of our emotional life, with an external world that is both beautiful and hostile in its natural grandeur. He attempts to map the place where these worlds intersect.
The translucent layers of paint, contrasting soft ethereal brushwork and harder edged sweeping gestures, echo this divergence and depict a timeless place that hovers between dream and reality in a way that is simultaneously alluring and menacing. The work exhibits the struggle between and among the variety of human impulses: impulses that are as necessary as they are contradictory, and which therefore constantly undermine our psychic and social coherence even as they endow us with vitality, soul, and life. His portraits do not simply capture the physical or emotional likeness of the subject, rather they beckon to establish an authentic engagement – interaction that ensues when one comes face to face with the sensual, the inexplicable, and the unsettling.