River was born in Washington D.C. The family soon moved to Greece. where they lived in a suburb of Athens. Drawing and simple watercolors articulated his imagination. Demonstrating talent and originality he was encouraged to develop drawing skills. In the early 1950's his art remained a private world. The family relocated numerous times. Drawings of new places seemed to help orient and establish a sense of permanence. In the late 1950's and early 60's, the art seemed to take off. Art as "The Work" seemed to become a regular exercise. Life classes and painting assignments became regular. Sometimes he would invite friends over for painting sessions. Experimentation with block printing introduced the counterpoint of a matrix and original hand.
Following his formal education, he lived and worked in Europe and the U.S.A. This produced art and showing in the United States, England, France, Switzerland, and Greece. His art works include both representational and abstract paintings. River continues to be interested in primitive culture and stories about creational myth. A sociological awareness was fostered by his many travels. Ontology continues to influence his art.
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by Glen River
Self Portrait is a survey of trends in this series of 27 paintings from 1966 to 2017. River is an explorer In creating images of the self. Many artists traditionally explore the self-portrait as a periodic exercise. River works both the dynamics of the motif as well as personal statements of being. River's broad spectrum of stylistic exploration underscores his diverse process.
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