Glenn Renell Biography

Glenn Renell Biography

 

Glenn Renell, Ranch Tree #2, Pearce, Arizona, Oil on Canvas, 24" x 30"

Glenn Renell, Ranch Tree #2, Pearce, Arizona, Oil on Canvas, 24" x 30"

 

Born in 1947 in Portland, Maine, Glenn Renell was educated at Rhode Island School of Design, Fort Wright College, and received his MFA from the University of Massachusetts in 1978. He taught painting, drawing, design at Maine College of Art for twenty two years, resigning in 2001 to paint full time. Glenn Renell now resides in Southeastern Arizona.

 

Glenn Renell, Township Butte, Oil on Panel, 9.75" x 11"

Glenn Renell, Township Butte, Oil on Panel, 9.75" x 11"

 

A landscape painter, Glenn Renell works on site, directly from nature, making small paintings whose subject is the experience of seeing and being there. Looking to the qualities of the changing light, the relationships of sky, land and horizon, the paintings are structured around broad notes of color and brought equilibrium and order as the painting develops and nears an equivalent of seeing. Visiting the same site a number of times Glenn Renell aims for a distillation and understanding of place that gets beyond the casual and picturesque and finds those points where spirit of artist and place meld in the painting and process. At various points the small paintings and experience are brought into the studio and serve as the basis of larger works. The larger paintings are created within a process of integration and differentiation, and are a search for further and deeper understandings developed into paintings that are embodiments of that quest for spirit of place.

 

Glenn Renell, Cottonwood Wash, Chinle, Oil on Canvas, 30" x 40"

Glenn Renell, Cottonwood Wash, Chinle, Oil on Canvas, 30" x 40"

 

Glenn Renell operates from the belief that it is when a viewer connects with a painting and knows, at a seemingly perceptual level, a sense and spirit of place, that the painting and a circle of seeing is complete.

 

Glenn Renell, Little White House Wash, Oil on Canvas, 30" x 40"

Glenn Renell, Little White House Wash, Oil on Canvas, 30" x 40"

 

Education:

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, M. F. A. painting, 1978
  • Fort Wright College, Spokane, Washington, B. F. A. painting, 1975
  • Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC, 1971
  • Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 1965-66

 

Solo Exhibitions:

  • Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 2001
  • Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ 2001
  • Northland Pioneer College, Show Low, AZ, 1999
  • Williston Northampton School, Easthampton, MA, 1997
  • University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn, 1994
  • Maine College of Art, Baxter Photography Gallery, 1993
  • Saint Joseph's College, Standish, ME, 1990

 

Group Exhibitions:

  • 2017 - 25th Anniversary Celebration, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2016 - Maynard Dixon Country Campout, Mt Carmel, UT
  • 2014, 2015 - ART in Embassies Exhibition, Athens, Greece
  • 2014 - Signature Invitational Exhibition, Festival of the Arts, Paso Robles, CA
  • 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 - Miniature Masterpieces, Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ
  • 2013 - Paintings of the National Parks, Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ
  • 2012, 2013 - Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, Grand Canyon National Park
  • 2012 - Landscapes of the West, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2012 - 4th Annual Small Works Show and Sale, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2010 - In the footsteps of Thomas Moran, Thunderbird Foundation, UT
  • 2009 - Geronimo Remembered, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Santa Fe Fall Small Works Show and Sale by Gallery Artists, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, NM, 2007
  • Arizona: A Millennium of Arizona Art, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 2007
  • Grand Canyon: From Dream to Icon, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, 2006-2007
  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ, 2005
  • 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Maynard Dixon Country, Mt. Carmel, UT
  • Artists of the Grand Canyon, Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 2004
  • 40 Peinters Americains, Musee du Chateau de Rochefort-enTerre, France, 2003
  • Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME, "The Quiet Land", 1999
  • Rochefort en Terre, Museum, France, Artist in residence exhibition, 1998
  • Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME 1979-86-87-93
  • Assemblage and College, Seoul Institute of the Arts, Korea, 1989
  • Phillips Exeter Academy, 1989
  • Westfield State College, Westfield, MA, 1988
  • Bates College, Lewiston, ME, Art Event, 1988
  • Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME, Drawing Biennial, 1984
  • Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME, Watercolor Exhibit, 1982-83

 

Teaching:

  • Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, 1980-2001, Associate Professor, painting, drawing, 2-d design.

 

Related Experience:

  • Artist in Residence, Petrified Forest National Park, 2016
  • Artist in Residence, Robert M. MacNamara Foundation, Westport Island, ME, 2004
  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Bates College, Lewiston, ME, 1999, 2000
  • Artist in Residence, Rochfort en terre, Brittany, France, 1998
  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI, 1995

 

Collections:

  • Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine
  • Angus King, Governor of Maine
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Unum Insurance Company
  • U. S. State Department
  • Peoples Heritage Bank

 

Glenn Renell, Road to Three Sisters, Oil on Panel, 20" x 24"

Glenn Renell, Road to Three Sisters, Oil on Panel, 20" x 24"