Colin Glen

Colin Glen’s delicate sketches involve the painstaking application of pencil and graphite onto paper and canvas. They are labours of love and exquisite examples of craftsmanship and care.


Many of Colin’s drawings and photographic reproductions depict found objects from real-life; a bed spring, whisk or chip pan fryer. Colin also draws finely detailed portraits. The translation process in Colin’s work – in which past works are reproduced, enlarged or copied – lends a shadowy and haunting quality to his work.


Born in Edinburgh in 1968, Colin studied Art and Art History at Goldsmiths and, later, Birkbeck. He writes for Art Monthly and Freize online amongst many other commissioned catalogue essays. He has taught at Stroud College and was studio assistant to Damien Hirst from 1998-2004, 2010-2011. He also recently gained an MLitt in Art History from the University of Bristol.


Colin’s pieces have been exhibited at Bankley Studios, JGM Gallery in Paris, and the SVA in Stroud. He is also represented by TJ Boulting in London and his work has gained a significant following, recently commissioned by the Groucho club and has sold to buyers including Cath Kidston and Alexander McQueen.

Colin Glen – Thinking of Mist
Oil on Canvas

Colin Glen – Your Passing Shadow
Graphite Powder, Oil on Canvas

Colin Glen – The Line Shadow III
Pencil on Paper

Colin Glen – The Bright Core to Your Dark Shadow
Oil on Canvas
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