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Born in New York City in 1952 and educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Glenn Harren has been exhibited throughout Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey in museums and galleries since graduating in 1981. While he calls Bucks County home, he pulls inspiration from the world around him.
"My job as an artist is to show beauty. When I look at a painting, I want to see that wow factor... There are two poles or ways of looking at things - the positive and the negative. Art helps you focus on the positive," says Glenn. Always with a sketchbook or camera in hand, Glenn's work is pulled directly from his surroundings, many of which are recognizable to those residing in Bucks County.
Harren's work tends to lend itself to be larger than life - canvases that often stretch wider than an arm span fill his studio and exhibitions. Despite their size, they tend to focus on small moments - the lapping of waves along the beach, the mundanity and repetition of standing in line at WaWa, a quiet conversation in an empty room. The contrast between their physicality and their keen points of observation invites the viewer's engagement and allows both the feelings of participation and alienation simultaneously. Are you a part of the scene? Are you watching from afar? Glenn believes the answer is up to you.
"I seek the extraordinary aspects of everyday life, whether in the color of a landscape or the simple dignity of the human form," he said, in an article published in the Intelligencer, by Steve Wartenberg.
Glenn Harren's work will be on display at Bux-Mont Awards, located at 225 N. Main Street in Sellersville, on September 15, 2019 from 12-5 PM. For more information or pricing, visit the artist's website at http://www.harrenfineart.com/.
THE ARTWORK OF GLENN HARREN