"Painting that simply reproduces the likeness of a subject isn't enough -- I create paintings that express my emotional response to the beauty of the subject."
From his childhood here in southern California surrounded by the beauty of nature, along with his youthful studies of Renaissance-era European art and architecture, and a lifetime devoted to the visual arts as the highest form of expression, Glen Tarnowski brings stunning vitality and depth to his paintings of the Chuck Jones Looney Tunes pantheon; a vitality that is, needless to say, seasoned with a droll sense of humor and with more than a passing nod to the history of art.
Immersed at an early age in an intense formal education in art combined with his interest in the works of the old world masters Rembrandt, Reubens and Chardin, has imbued his work with classical chiaroscuro, a robust Renaissance palette, and a refined brushwork. His study of 19th century realist masters Ilya Repin, Anders Zorn, and Antonio Mancini along with the 20th century realist master, David Leffel, provide his paintings with a vibrant blending of classical and contemporary realism.
His formal education in oil painting began at the age of eight when his innate talent for painting and unique perception of color revealed itself in his first art class at the local YMCA. He continued his formal art education at California Lutheran University and The Pasadena Art Center College of Design, separated by extensive self-study in the art capitals of Europe. He later returned to California Lutheran University to teach painting.
Tarnowski’s talent is recognized by his peers, art associations, and the art press as well as notable private and corporate art collectors. Tarnowski's museum placements include:
- National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
- Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn N.Y.
- Boca Museum of Fine Art, Boca Raton, Florida
- Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado
He was the recipient of the 1996 Angel Award, a finalist in the 1997 Artist Magazine International Competition, the 1998 Oil Painters of America National Show in Washington, D.C., and the 1999 Oil Painters of American Regional Show in Chicago, Illinois. He was also the featured artist in the October 1999 issue of “The Artist’s Magazine”. Tarnowski’s collector list includes Hollywood celebrities such as Mel Gibson, media moguls Ted Turner and Aaron Spelling, institutional collectors such as the Billy Graham Institute and a variety of corporations including Twentieth Century Fox, TRW, Nordstrom Corporation, and major media networks NBC and CBS.