Glenn Payan’s Stretched and Tilted Landscapes

The vividly colored, stretched and tilted landscapes of Glenn Payan’s British Columbia are almost fairytale-like in composition. But there’s nothing childlike about this one-time teacher’s rising reputation as a professional artist.  His stylish works have an ever-growing following, via the Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver and Hong Kong. (Detail, above From: On the Way Home From Whistler, 2009)

The Arbutus, Howe Sound 2010

Payan’s idealized interpretations of the soaring Rocky Mountains and the wild B.C. coast are influenced by his long years as a mountaineer and rock climber, when he drew, sketched and painted as an amateur.  When he felt called to practice his art full time, he studied for two years with Polish master Agata Teodorowicz.

West Vancouver, 2010

These long, tall, almost distorted structures are characteristic of most of Payan’s work.

Whytecliff Park, 2009

I tend not to refer to reality too much when developing a piece but rather draw on my own memories and recollections when choosing my subject matter and composing a painting. This way I tend to eliminate the superfluous and the trite, focusing more on those elements that made the memory such a fond one in the first place.  -Glenn Payan

Mt. Robson, undated

Anvil Island, Howe Sound 2010

Passage Island, 2010

Waterton 2010

His Flickr site shows older work, here

The artist’s C.V. on the site of the Canada House Gallery (Banff) here

The full version of On the Way Home From Whistler, 2009


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  1. Rob Pellettier

    Was lucky enough to buy one of his pieces today at Canada House in Banff. Love his use of deep colours (both bright & dark colours), and how he’s able to make his images look so whimsical, yet so dramatic. They’re very playful to take in.

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  2. boomerontario

    You both already have a great eye, not surprised at your reactions. I would love to have one of these myself. There’s a section on his Flickr site where he lists his influences, and (no surprise here) it’s many of the Group of Seven, including Emily Carr.

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