(American, b. 1950)
Born in Toledo, Ohio, the first sculptures of Al Glann were fanciful creations on the family farm in central Ohio, more for entertainment of this youngest child than, for artistic expression. Formal art training began in college where he graduated from the Columbus College of Art & Design with a 1973 BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration. Although he worked as a commercial designer and illustrator, Glann’s passion was in the creation of dimensional constructs and painting, composite relief, casting, wire sculpture, wood and metal. Inspired by painters as El Greco, Miro and Mondrian and sculptors like Henry Moore, Naum Gabo, John Battenburg, and Alexander Calder, he was able to incorporate this passion into his work as an Associate Professor, teaching 3-D design and 3-D Illustration classes at his Alma Mater.
In 1996, Glann relocated to Phoenix, AZ. In 2001 he received a Masters of Education at Northern Arizona University. Balancing the life of a graphic design instructor at the Art Institute of Phoenix, he forged a career as a sculptor in steel and bronze beginning in 1990. His work has been related to that of Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry in line and movement with influences from the art deco movement. In 2008 Al began work on his "Horse Series" which he continues today.
Creating the horses is a different process than other works. The models are designed organically from steel using minimal pieces that are representative of the massive bodies. The completed steel maquette is then molded to prepare for the bronzing process, using the steel originals as the masters in the final fabrication.
Named Instructor of the Year in 2009, Al Glann decided it was time to focus all his energy on his sculpture and painting. At the end of 2010 Glann "retired" from the Art Institute of Phoenix and moved his sculpture and painting studio to the Metal Arts Village in Tucson. Since that time, he has shown his work throughout the U.S. and has work in England, Canada and Italy.
Horses have very distinct personalities and physical traits. I love to create horses in action, a unique gestural three dimensional drawing with metal. I exaggerate the form, giving it a sense of what I see and feel it to be. I love to work with the line, weight, movement, the essence of the form, the negative space in defining the form and character. I strive to capture the personality of the horses, more than a specific realistic representation of one particular horse.
For the past five years, I have been expressing my love and respect for horses through my sculpture and painting. What started out as an exploration into anatomy, spirit, personality and physical action of the horse turned into a labor of love. It is fascinating the connection humans have had with horses though out history. From beasts of burden, transportation and our connection to other cultures, an effective tool in war throughout the world, and a creature that can be trained with a subtle hand gesture, the horse has always been an extension of human beings. They were essential in the settling of the American West, they were used for mounted transportation, hauling carriages and stagecoaches, moving cattle, and inevitably for entertainment in the form of racing and rodeos.
What I am creating with my horses is a three dimensional gesture drawing, the majesty of movement, symmetry of strength and presence of spirit. I believe my style is a fresh look to the traditional equine images. I work initially in steel, with my larger horses and it is the final media. With my smaller horses I make mold from the steel models and cast them in bronze.
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M.Ed., Educational Leadership, NAU. Summa Cum Laude
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH
Studied with John Battenberg, Sculptor/Painter
2010 Eleanora Duse Diva Award, Commission Design, Chiggio ( Venice) Italy
2009 Featured Artist – Festival of Fine Art, Carefree, AZ
2007 Best of Show - Sculpture - Arizona Art Alliance Exhibition
1999 Best of Show - Art Institute of Phoenix Faculty Exhibition, AIPX Gallery
Periodicals and Publications
Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden, “The Horse Attitudes” May 2013
Western Art Collector, ‘ Dazzling Gems” November 2012
American Art Collector, “Solid Beauty” July 2012
The Sentinel-Record, “Unveiling” April 24, 2011
Organizations and Associations
American Plains Artists
2012 The Center for Art & Inspiration, Tucson, AZ
2006 TOC Productions, Orlando, FL
2006 Lasardi Construction, Phoenix, AZ
2005 Private Sculpture Commission, Scottsdale, AZ