Available works range between $ 2,900 and $ 40,000
“There is something behind the zoned out eyes of his people stuck on a bus, in the bored crowd at a carnival, in the screaming audience watching midget wrestlers that wants release. The invitation to roam around imaginatively in a Priestley picture, to be involved in the story and drama of a composition’s narrative, to be just one more soul in the roiling current moving up and down the street is just too good to pass up.” - Tom Smart, Author, Art Historian and Incoming Director, The Beaverbrook Art Gallery
Glenn Priestley has built his reputation working with the figure in the realist tradition. We invite you to take a glimpse into, and to feel the gentle rhythm of Glenn’s pictorial world. Glenn Priestley was born in Toronto and lived his formative years in Scarborough, Ontario, where he attended the Vocational Arts Program at Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute. He is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art Fine Arts program, where he spent a year in off-campus studies in Florence, Italy, and graduated with an Honours Diploma in 1976. His understanding of the figure was further enhanced through study of Anatomy at the University of Toronto.
He has taught drawing and painting at numerous locations and institutions most notably on the faculty in the drawing and painting department at the Ontario College of art, now OCAD From 1989 through 1996
His first one-person show was held in 1981 at the Lemay Carell Gallery; since then he has been represented by galleries in Toronto (Roberts Gallery, Nancy Poole’s Studio,Mira Godard Gallery, Odon Wagner Gallery) and in New York City (Wunderlich Gallery, Tatistcheff & Co. Inc., Gerald Peters Gallery andArcadia Fine Arts), where he has had numerous individual and group exhibitions. His work has been the focus of two museum surveys: The View from Tabor Hill, organized by the University of Waterloo Art Gallery which traveled to the Art Gallery of Windsor, and Glenn Priestley: Variations, at The Beaverbrook Art Gallery.
In 1996 he left Ontario and moved with his family to Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock; Art Gallery of Mississauga; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; Onex Corporation, Toronto; Bank of Nova Scotia, London, England; Toronto; Halifax. Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton; Blackburn Group, London, Ontario. Dupont Canada Inc., Toronto; Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Massachusetts; McIntosh Art Gallery, University of Western Ontario; MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario; New Brunswick Art Bank, Fredericton, NB; The Market Gallery of the City of Toronto Archives, Toronto; Rodman Halls Arts Centre, St. Catharine's, Ontario; Standard Broadcasting Inc.; SunLife Financial