Glen Warner


Primarily self-taught, Glen began drawing and painting at an early age. For many years he earned his living as an author and journalist. In addition to numerous artists’ monographs and articles on art published in magazines such as Maclean’s, Canadian Art, Toronto Life, Art Business News, and The Financial Post, he wrote a best-selling guide to print collecting, Building a Print Collection: A Guide to Buying Original Prints and Photographs.
Glen's goal is to capture the charm and hidden beauty of Toronto’s older neighbourhoods. He is especially drawn to the backstreets and laneways around Cabbagetown, Riverdale, Kensington Market, the Danforth, Parkdale and Beaconsfield Village. "I love to paint rear views of houses that have somehow escaped the renovator’s hammer," he says, "and I enjoy painting streetscapes in downtown neighborhoods that remain today much as I remember them in my childhood."
Glen draws inspiration from artists such as Lawren Harris, John Kasyn and Albert Franck, who also painted Toronto houses in winter. He also admires A.J. Casson’s depictions of old houses in Ontario villages. In the 1980s Glen had the privilege of working with Mr. Casson on numerous fine art publications, and is greatly indebted to him for all his advice and encouragement.
Glen's work has been featured in Galleries since 2003. Since then he has participated in numerous group shows with other artists. In 2009, he mounted a major one-man show featuring his painting, Hockey Game Near Yonge and Eglinton, which was reproduced that year on the Hospital for Sick Children's annual Holiday/Christmas card.

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