Artisans - Richard Glenn
Glenn is a Portland-based artist
working primarily in kilnformed glass.
A graduate of
Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Richard spent
more than 15 years working in the advertising field in Dallas,
Los Angeles and Seattle.
his arrival to Seattle in 1989, Richard visited the
Pilchuck Glass School, founded by glass artist Dale Chihuly.
This visit started his journey into glass. Serving as a volunteer for
the school, he took glass classes as his interest gained. By 2001, he was
able to devote himself full-time to glassmaking, leaving the corporate
behind. I’ve gone from making commercials to making
art, he says.
Since then, Richard has gained attention in the art and
glass communities for his fused glass “photo-collages,”
which resemble the graphic Pop style screen prints by Andy Warhol from the 1960s. He developed
a process, using a commercial product called a “photo-resist,”
to etch via sandblasting the image into the glass before it fused together.
The etched areas are treated with enamels and the imagery is
within the glass.
work has been featured in group shows throughout the country
and was recently published in the book e-merge: WG@BEIII.
In Sept. 2004, Richard moved to Portland, Oregon, where
he shares a commercial studio space with glass artist Doug Randall. Their first
joint exhibition was held July 1-30, 2005 at Brian Marki Fine Art in Portland.
three pieces created by Richard were featured in the museum
exhibition What’s Pop? Pop Icons and Contemporary
Neo-Pop Artists, at the Susquehanna Art Museum – Harrisburg,
PA, April 9 – June 30, 2005. He is the only artist
working in glass included in the exhibition.
2006 Richard will have his first large-scale solo show at
Brian Marki Fine Art in Portland.
Statement: I arrived late to glass, yet started early. When
I was four, I found a marble in the dirt while crawling
around under the bushes. It was the most beautiful thing
I had ever seen, and at that moment I knew that glass would
be my life\'s obsession.
bad I couldn\'t color between the lines. In those days,
the kids who couldn’t (or wouldn\'t) draw straight
were directed into pursuits other than visual arts…
music, drama, etc. I discovered a talent for writing, eventually
majoring in advertising and becoming a successful advertising
and marketing executive.
along the line, I got hooked up as a volunteer for the Pilchuck
Glass School, founded by Dale Chihuly. I was in glass heaven.
Before long, I knew that my passion was glass and its unlimited
potential for expression. It started with a class here,
a workshop there… by May, 2001 I had left the corporate
world behind and have not looked back since.
artist working primarily in glass, I reinterpret ideas and
images, symbols and stories through images, shapes, words,
texture and color. My background in the commercial world
makes me hyper-aware of the images and messages that we
receive — as well as send — constantly throughout
upon images and themes spanning from antiquity through contemporary
pop culture. References to art history, literature and mythology
may be found throughout my work. Drawing inspiration from
diverse sources — anything from Michelangelo to Andy
Warhol — I try to reinterpret classical ideas and
ideals in new ways. Themes ranging from sexuality to spirituality
underlie my work.
neither a Master’s degree, nor an art school background,
I’m unencumbered by traditional expectations and conventions
of what “glass art” is supposed to be. I create
what I believe is beautiful and has deeper meaning. It is
my passion to bring beauty and joy to others through my
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