Born in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Glen studied architecture at Duncan of Jordanstone
College of Art, in Dundee.
Touched by the great Neil Dallas Brown
and Alberto Morrocco and rubbed shoulders with Jack Morrocco in the creative melting pot of College life, Glen graduated with
an Honours Degree in Architecture and practiced architecture, in Edinburgh, for twenty-five years before changing his career
to something more rewarding. His main focus is on landscape works but has a wide range to his portfolio which includes portraiture,
abstract, architecture and still life.
Having moved about over recent years, He
now works from his home studio in Dalgety Bay, Fife where he shares studio space with a cat and a dog.
GLEN CRAIG ART
He has painted in watercolours since his formative years, in Dundee, and has many commissioned works in private
collections. He has illustrated books and been published in many magazines. In 2010 Glen decided to become a full time artist
and, as a consequence, his art work is now more prolific. Exhibited in various art galleries throughout Scotland, he is delighted
ABERFELDY GALLERY shows his work on a regular basis. “Beingpart of Aberfeldy’s 30th year anniversary
is a real privilege”
The Scottish environment and the energy
emitted by the changing seasons are the landscapes remembered in his works, but he will embrace all subjects; abstract, portraiture,
architecture and still life. His work attempts to engage the viewer, evoking a feeling, a sense of place, an atmosphere, an
unexpected detail. Influenced by the traditions of the Scottish Colourists and the Glasgow Boys he brings vibrant colours
and texture to all his works.
I choose to paint in several distinct ways.
I always think there is a
better way, and I need to try out new options and experiment with form and colour. Painting in only one subect or style doesn't
keep me interested creatively. I need to be flexable, and move from one disipline to the next.
MY ART + MY INSPIRATION
trained as a designer but born as an artist.
My art is influences by a deep rooted sense of Scotland.
The weather, the environment that shapes us all, the heritage, the history and folklore. It is a difficult concept to externalize,
but trying to capture the essence of Scotland has a great bearing on how I paint and the way I feel when I am painting.
Layering the invisible and intangible social history of Scotland, the struggle to survive and the humour in the face of adversity is ingrained in almost all images
and landscapes of Scotland. Being aware of this heritage and the 'architectural' framework of Scotland's places
are the inspiration to my watercolours.
The great influences to me include Charles Rennie Macintosh and his collaborators.
The freedom and bravery to seek that unique 'style' was a great achievement and I would give my right arm to
be a fraction as good.
The next painting will be a whole lot better
than the one before.