George Glenn was born in Regina and grew up in the prairie cities of Regina, Winnipeg and Calgary. He started to paint seriously in grade seven, progressing through a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), University of Manitoba (1970, Winnipeg, Manitoba) and a Master of Fine Arts, University of Cincinnati (1974, Cincinnati, Ohio). He has been teaching drawing and painting since 1975 and has been a session instructor for the University of Saskatchewan since 1981.
Following a year in France, he moved to Prince Albert in 1975 with the support of a Saskatchewan Arts Board short-term residency. With the exception of another year in France all of his years as a professional artist have been spent, working and teaching, in Western Canada.
Known primarily as a still life painter, he works mainly in acrylics, oils, gouache and pastel. His work has been characterized as hovering between early and late modernism … between representation and abstraction (“Between Abstraction and Representation”, 1989, Mackenzie Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan). Colour is an important element in his work. While his imagery is constructed from concrete observation and contemplation, he uses the structure of the subject as a starting point for the creative manipulation of the subject. He allows for unplanned responses as part of his creative process. Ultimately, his images borrow from both representational and abstract painting traditions.
His work has been shown in a number of solo, group and touring exhibitions in Western Canada. It is also represented in public collections: the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa), City of Prince Albert, Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), John M. Cuelenaere Library (Prince Albert), the Little Gallery (Prince Albert), Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina), Mendel Gallery (Saskatoon), the Moose Jaw Gallery (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan), Saskatchewan Arts Board (Regina), University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), corporate collections: Gulf Oil Canada; the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan; Royal Bank of Canada; Proactive Business Solutions and many private collections.
George Glenn’s career as an artist is marked with distinction, his importance, as an educator in this province, is immeasurable. (George Moppett, Mendal Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada)