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Lived/Active: Maine/Arizona      Known for: landscape painting

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Biography from Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery:
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.

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 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.

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
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
Maynard Dixon Country 2005, 2006, 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 Exhibit1982-83

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

Related Experience
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

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

Biography from Mark Sublette Modern:
Landscapist Glenn Renell remembers two childhood events as having early influences upon his becoming an artist: one day when he was a little boy, the local post mistress introduced him as an artist to Andrew Wyeth; and the second event occurred when, in high school, he visited an Edward Hopper retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York City.

In 1966 having been drafted, he joined the navy and spent four years in Viet Nam, which led to a number of paintings dealing with Viet Nam. Dissatisfied with the result, he realized that he needed to modify his technique: Renell the impressionist was born.

He entered and graduated from the University of Massachusetts with an M. F. A. in painting, and then completed a series of paintings focusing on classic quilts. The United States State Department chose his paintings for its collections. He did not start landscape painting until 1991, with a move to Tucson, Arizona where Glenn became a plein-air painter. He takes all his paints, papers, brushes and other supplies to the location he is painting. He paints daily without exception.

Biography from Mitchell Brown Fine Art, Inc.:
"There is a place in landscape painting where the spirit of place meets the soul of the painter, and when the viewer sees and shares that place in a painting, that's where art begins."

Born in Portland, Maine [1947] and raised in New York, Glenn Renell attended the Rhode Island School of Design, spent four years in the Navy, and graduated from Fort Wright College in 1975.  He received an MFA in painting from the University of Massachusetts in 1978 and taught design, drawing and painting at Maine College of Art from 1980 through 2001.

Renell left teaching to paint full time and now resides in southeast Arizona between the Dragoon and Chiricahua mountains.  Recent art activities have included the following: Robert M. MacNamara Foundation resident, summer 2004, Westport Island, Maine Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Plein Air 2005 Maynard Dixon Country 2005, in August Artists of the Grand Canyon, Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, 2004 40 Peinters Americains a Rochefort-en Terre, Exposition au Musee du Chateau de Rochefort-en-Terre, 2003.

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