by Carina Cunningham
The second of our resident artists from Ardgillan Castle is a blow in from up north via Spain. A popart, portrait artist, Glenn is originally from the leafy suburbs of Belfast but is delighted to find himself in the magnificent setting of Studio 27, Ardgillan Castle. His work has been described as “Precision Impressionism” with the author continuing: “Glenn is impressionistic as he breaks figures down into blocks of colour…close up almost abstraction but as you step away the blocks flow together to form the subject in the most precise way possible. A modern day technical Monet” His collectors include Donal Gallagher, brother of the late, great Rory Gallagher, and Steve Garrigan, Kodaline front man. Proud to have pieces all over the world he continues to develop his craft with local galleries as well as representation in Milan, Italy where, with help from the Fingal Arts Office, he has plans to exhibit this September. Having recently been sponsored to paint in Cannes, France Glenn will also be flying off to Miami later this year for an installation of three pieces produced for the biggest Realtor Association in the USA. If we can keep him in the country long enough his studio is well worth a visit. Original pieces, limited edition prints and various pieces of work in progress are always on show. Or find him on-line on the links glennmatthewsart.com or instagram.com/glenn.matthews.art.