The Artist’s Life: Glenn Ibbitson [from RBSA Art Blog; sept. 2017]

Target: Glenn Ibbitson works from his studio in Wales, having enjoyed a long career as a scenic artist for television, film and theatre. His primary focus is the human figure and his art explores contradictions, using visual trickery to create works of great impact. Barcode: "6079 Smith W." ART BLOG caught up with Glenn following the recent Friends Exhibition and Portrait Prize… Can you tell us first about your career in television and how it informs your art? My scenic art training was the postgraduate course I never took. It influenced my art in two specific ways. First, it made me work to deadlines: I no longer had the time to agonise over the exact placement of every brushstroke when con

"Preludes": works on paper at Stwdio3

‘PRELUDES’ A selection of works on paper 1979 - 2017 “Preludes” consists of a selection of drawings spanning four decades, most of which have been worked directly from the model and have been used as preparatory studies for subsequent paintings -some of which Stwdio 3 will be showing at a later date. They are all works on paper utilising the versatility of charcoal, graphite and gouache; often in combination. Several are being shown publicly here for the first time. Glenn's work is resolutely representational in a classical style owing much to a lifelong study of the figurative Masters. “Abstraction has never held that much interest for me; it lacks that vital element of deception…’ Self Por

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