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Henry Glover

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Degree: BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting
University: Wimbledon College of Art
Graduation Year: 2020

New Blood Art Statement

So much can be said through an embrace. An expression of welcome, joy, relief, grief, comfort, and farewell. Henry Glover explores the motif of ‘the embrace’ in all its many and varied forms…
 
Glover not only captures those tender human embraces, but those charged with emotion and an aggression we rarely associate with interlocking human forms. Citing Edvard Munch as one of his greatest influences, we can see how Glover’s work resonates with Munch’s; both choosing darkly abstract colour palettes, giving the impression of an overspill of the mind.
 
Applying oils to create visions of breathtaking surrealism, Glover’s technique is reminiscent of Emil Node. Both have the singularly perfect ability to capture reality, and reshape that reality into something entirely stranger…
 
A thematic and theatrical artist, Henry Glover is a stunning addition to the world of abstract art. 

Artist Statement

The ‘embrace’, is a recurring motif in my work. It encompasses many forms: hands squeezing a pillow, boxers clinching and human forms locked together. I use painting and sculpture to comprehend the physical experience of relationships. 

I am interested in blurring the boundary between 2D and 3D work, blending between these two forms to exist in symbiosis. The materiality of painting and sculpture enable me to explore the physicality of the body and its movement within space. To achieve this, I abstract particular aspects of the body and adjust the application of paint with differing dense and light areas. With ceramics, I manipulate the clay to be bold and heavy, or light and delicate, so that once fired, it will either be full and glossy or rough and crisp at the edges. 

My painting method is physical. I view the process as much a key part of the painting as the final marks made upon completion. Exploiting the properties of paint and clay I demonstrate the process to reveal this materiality. I enjoy media that are wet and primitive. Clay and oils have this honesty unlike plastic media, they are so tactile that it feels as close as one can get to moulding another body and the intimacy of touch can be as delicate as the process of firing clay. Clay as a transformative material is as primordial as our own sense of self, akin to the Greek myth of Pygmalion this earthy material is what makes mankind. 

I am working with two very traditional media, so I feel there is a need to showcase how and why they are both significant and contemporary, and how they should be equally revered. The influence of German Expressionists and Symbolist painters is fundamental to my practice, their subjects resonate with me, and I relate to their emotive application of paint; Edvard Munch has been a constant inspiration, as has Emil Nolde. Contemporary painters Henry Curchod and Faye Wei Wei both acknowledge the drawing as the driving force behind the work; I find this resonates with my own process. I enjoy their lyrical gestures, and fluid marks; I pursue for this flowing expression in my own paintings and ceramics.

My work focuses on the interplay between the physical sensations of my materials and the raw emotions of my own personal relationships. It is the body acting upon the work and it is the body forming out of the material.  

Group Exhibitions

2020, Penultimatum, Copeland Gallery, London
2019, Made In Arts London 2019 Collection Launch, TM Lighting Gallery, London
2019, Saved Thoughts, Jeannie Avent Gallery, London
2019, CREAM: Whipped, The Coningsby Gallery, London
2019, Seven Counties Open, OVADA, Oxford
2019, Noise, The Crypt Gallery, London
2018, Traces, Central St Martins, London
2018, Vivid State 001, The Crofters Rights, Bristol
2018, Stock Up On Air, Nunnery Gallery, London
2018, Cross College/ Course/ Year Show, Chelsea College of Arts, London
2018, Camberwell Short Film Festival, Camberwell College of Arts, London
2018, 289, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2019, The Fine Art Collective, Elephant X ColArts Summer Residency

Original works:

Under the night sky

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£580

Lovers Asleep

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£700

To Touch You

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£880

Frailer Still

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£880

Rest Easy

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£460

Tummy Ache

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£580

Everything goes so slow

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£1300

Slow Dancers

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£300

Drawing my tattoos

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£220

Smoking

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£175

Sketching

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£175

End of the party

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£175

Hotel Las Ramblas

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£190

Self Portrait Sleeping

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£700

In the bath

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£300

Her Neck

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£340

Facetime

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£300

View from Park Guell

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£1000

Dreamers at night

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£320

Take Me Somewhere Nice

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£580

Home

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£700

Dancers

By Henry Glover

2020 Graduate

£300