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)
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.
These long, tall, almost distorted structures are characteristic of most of Payan’s work.
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
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
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.
You’re welcome. I like your other blog too, http://sketchesandjottings.wordpress.com/ I shared it on some other sites.
WOW! These are awesome. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you Universe for yet another art blog!
So what you say on your blog about the meaning of art? Ditto!! Thank you so much for stopping here.
Thanks for the “like” on my blog. Really like what you’re doing here so keep on going! 🙂
Thanks for the encouragement, and for taking the time to stop by.
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.
Just stunning, I love the richness and density of the colors… I’ll have to check him out!
I love the colours and shapes and perspectives.