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Item Name: Painting
Title: Primavera
Maker: George Glenn
Year: 1990
Country: Canadian
Materials: oil on canvas
Measurements: overall: 112 cm x 91.5 cm
ID Number: PC90.9

Extended Label Info: “Primavera” means spring in Italian, and the focus of this still-life painting by George Glenn is on the brilliant yellow blooms of a primrose or Primula plant, one of the first to flower each year in Europe. Historically in Western art, the still-life, an arrangement of small-scale objects, has served a variety of purposes from documenting scientific specimens to expressing philosophical themes. In more recent years, artists such as Cezanne have also used the still life as a vehicle to experiment with the formal elements of colour, form, and point of view. In discussing his process, Glenn describes that his interest lies in exploring colour and texture. He begins his paintings by setting up a still life display and uses this subject matter as a starting point. Then, often using a wide variety of media such as acrylics, oils, gouache, and pastel, he develops the composition through improvisation and experiment. In this painting, Glenn uses a variety of paint applications, from light brushwork to thick impasto to create a sense of deep space in an interior room, leading our eyes to rest on the tiny plant and its cheery promise of summer days ahead. George Glenn (1948- ) Born in Regina, Glenn grew up in the prairie cities of Regina, Winnipeg, and Calgary. He began studying painting at a young age, earning his BFA with honours from the University of Manitoba (1970), and MFA from the University of Cincinnati (1974). In 1975, after spending a year in France, Glenn moved to Prince Albert as artist-in-residence with the Prince Albert Arts Council. Glenn taught at the Prince Albert Regional Community College until 1987; and at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon from 1981 to 1986. Widely respected as a teacher, Glenn continues to paint and lead art workshops in Prince Albert. Glenn’s portraits and work in still-life have been exhibited widely in Western Canada, and are collected in numerous private, public and corporate collections, including the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa), MacKenzie Art Gallery, and Royal Bank of Canada.