Meet the Maker: fine artist Glenn Phur

4th April, 2022 | 0 comments

In this regular feature we speak to one of the members of the Wessex Guild to find out a bit more about them and their craft, techniques and inspirations.

How did you start doing your craft? What inspired you?
I was always strong at art. From school I went straight to West Sussex College of Art & Design. There, rather than fine art, which was my preference, I studied Graphic Design.

Glenn’s art ranges from landscapes to portraiture.

What relevant experience or qualifications do you have?
I qualified as an illustrator and graphic designer and set about a career in marketing, working as a freelance designer. From there, I built up a successful advertising agency, providing all aspects of advertising, from design and print through to TV and radio.

What do you do and where do you do it? Do you have an interesting workspace or location?
Now I work as a full-time fine artist, based in Worthing, West Sussex. My studio is Studio 2 at Colonnade House, High Street Worthing. Anyone is welcome to come by at any time and say “Hi”.

What is your design and making process? Can you explain a little about your techniques?
I paint in oil and acrylic. My speciality is portraiture. I also produce small collections, based on subject matter, themes, styles, or techniques I have used. 

What is unique about your work? Do you use special methods or make unusual products?
I pay particular attention to light, shade, and tonal values. Colour also plays a strong part.

Can you tell us the story behind a special artwork you made? Why is it memorable?
I was doing a photo session for a portrait in Fittleworth Woods, Pulborough, West Sussex, when a chap walked by with his son and their dog. I snapped them, and the result was a 5 x 6 foot oil painting entitled ‘Autumn Walk’. To this day, the happy accident is one of my most pleasing works of art.

The large painting, ‘Autumn Walk’.

Is there anything else you want to add?
My studio is run by Adur and Worthing Trust. As well as having 12 studios, there is also a gallery on site. I have a show of my work scheduled at the gallery for two weeks in August 2022, details of which will be on my website. 

I am full-time fine artist and, should anyone need any help or advice, I would be more than happy to try and help.

Find out more about Glenn and his contact details on his Member page here.

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