1xRUN Thru Interview
All Heart, No Soul by Glenn Arthur
1xRUN: Tell us a little bit about this piece, is the original still for sale?
Glenn Arthur: Halloween is and will always be my favorite holiday and season. I love anything macabre and spooky and so I try to create a Halloween themed painting every year. The original has already been sold.
1xRUN: Was this piece part of a recent theme, series or show that you had?
Glenn Arthur: This piece actually stands alone. I created it merely to appease my desires of making art specifically to celebrate my favorite time of year: Halloween!
1xRUN: What materials were used to create this piece?
Glenn Arthur: Acrylic paint on a wooden panel.
1xRUN: When was the piece created?
Glenn Arthur: I started painting it in the last week of September, 2013 and finished it in the middle of October.
1xRUN: Anything immediate you would like us to highlight?
Glenn Arthur: The “Hummingbats!” Hummingbirds have been a signature in my work for as long as I can remember. To keep them from getting dull or repetitive I like to change them up to fit whatever piece I’m working on. For this painting it only seemed natural that they should be little hummingbird/bat hybrids that I call humminbats!
1xRUN: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Glenn Arthur: This is the first time that I’ve painted a vampire so I wanted the piece to have a lot of iconic imagery in it relating to the subject such as the coffin shape, cross, holy water, wooden stake, etc. I also thought it would be fun to have her hanging upside down as bats do when they’re resting.
1xRUN: How long did the piece take?
Glenn Arthur: From start to finish the whole piece took about a month.
1xRUN: What is unique about this piece?
Glenn Arthur: I really wanted to mix a lot of imagery and styles with this piece. This is why the surrounding elements outside the coffin shape are very illustrated while the vampire as well as her heart and hummingbats are rendered more realistically.
1xRUN: Why should people buy this print?
Glenn Arthur: Because Halloween is awesome and so are vampires! And who couldn’t use a couple of adorable humminbats in their life?!
1xRUN: Describe this print in one gut reaction word.
Glenn Arthur: Intense.
1xRUN: You’re staying super busy lately, bring us up to speed on what you’ve been doing the past few months…
Glenn Arthur: I’ve been involved with so many shows and events lately that my head is spinning! It’s so incredibly amazing! I couldn’t be more grateful! I’ve been working mainly with Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles and it is a dream come true! They are the most amazing group of people and I’m so incredibly humbled and proud to be a part of it!
I’m also the most recent member of the Trekell Art Supplies Pro Artist Team which is also a huge honor. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be surrounded by such a positive and supportive network of artists and friends!
1xRUN: Your work seems to have featured countless different femme fatales, where do you draw inspiration for these women?
Glenn Arthur: Well, I was raised completely by women. I literally had zero male influences while I was growing up so I witnessed first hand how strong and independent women can be. I also witnessed the more vulnerable and gentle side of women as well. When I first started making art, it just seemed natural that I wanted to convey all of those attributes through my work and I continue to do so.
1xRUN: Do you use live models or reference photos for portions of your pieces?
Glenn Arthur: I rarely use references for my work. Truth be told, I’m not that great of a portrait artist so I just make up the faces I paint as I go along. It’s much easier for me to work from my imagination rather than real life. Although, I do use references for poses a lot from the beautiful figure models I get to see and draw from working with Dr. Sketchy’s Anaheim Chapter.
1xRUN: Your work seems to have a clean, succinct feel to it, regardless of the medium whether it’s a quick sketch at a restaurant or a finished painting. What are some of your favorite mediums to work with and why?
Glenn Arthur: I love to experiment. I want to get my hands dirty with every medium I possibly can, but some of my favorites are acrylic paints, colored pencils and ink. Basically anything that allows me to work fast and clean to keep up with my brain.
1xRUN: What types of music have you been listening to lately?
Glenn Arthur: I’ve actually been listening to a lot of instrumental music lately. I love piano and classical guitar. It’s very soothing while painting!
1xRUN: Any new artists that you have been turned onto lately?
Glenn Arthur: I’ve always been a fan of Nikko Hurtado’s phenomenal tattoos but his recent paintings have been blowing my mind. So much talent and inspiration from one individual. Not to mention he’s probably one of the nicest person I’ve ever met. Also, my dear friend Jennie Cotterill is master craftswoman. There is nothing that she cannot accomplish with art and I’ve recently been practicing some sculpting with her help and guidance.
1xRUN: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Glenn Arthur: I just bought one of Tara McPherson’s “Wayob” prints. I’ve been a huge fan of her work for probably a decade now!
1xRUN: What else do you have coming up in the next 2-3 months here as the year winds down?
Glenn Arthur: In the next few months I’ll be painting for the SCOPE Miami and Deck The Halls shows both with Thinkspace Gallery this December. I will also be painting for The 3rd annual Supersonic Electronic Invitational at Spoke Art in San Francisco this January.