Declan and I had been lucky enough to have press passes for the opening ceremony of GET NORTH and consequently we’ve spent quite a bit of time over the summer visiting some of the installations. One exhibition I knew I had to go to was the Glenn Brown Exhibition at Laing Art Gallery.
His Dad and I have a penchant for a mooch around a good art exhibition particularly a portrait one so this was great opportunity for a day date.
The National Portrait Gallery in London is one of my favourite places to lose myself for a few hours. I love looking into faces from the past and wondering what their lives were like.
I knew nothing at all about Glenn Brown. He actually hails from Hexham. I watched a tv programme on BBC 1 all about GETNORTH and immediately I was blown away by his use of colour. That’s before we even discuss his imagination!
His presentation at Laing is called Fantasy Landscapes, Portraits & Beasts.
What Glenn does is he reproduces other people’s work in his own style and what a style.
I’m just going to leave some of my pictures here. They can speak for themselves.
Don’t you agree that his bizarre liking and use of the colour green in is work is so fascinating? I was reminded of Shrek for some reason but I think it’s how cinematic it makes his work appear.
What adds to this sensory experience is the fact that Glenn’s work is mixed in with the gallery’s permanent works. It’s a very dramatic feeling.
I’d throughly recommend taking a trip to the Laing. I even think older kids will enjoy it. Many of Glenn’s paintings are very futuristic and some I would describe as almost Lord of the Rings-esque.
It’s free .. no tickets required and available until October 21st. Visit the museum’s website for all the information.
Let us know if you visit and what you think 🙂
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