When horse lovers and art lovers are one and the same, the work of sculptor Al Glann is a natural attraction. During Sedona’s 1st Friday on November 2nd, visitors to Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, can meet the artist at an opening reception from 5–8 p.m. as “Al Glann: Essence of Form” opens. Glann, a gifted speaker, presents what is certain to be a fascinating Artist Talk about his process and inspirations at 6:15 p.m. that evening.
Horses predominate the works of Al Glann and he expertly captures their essence in steel, presenting both powder-coated originals and limited series bronzes uniquely created from steel maquettes. “I love to work with steel; it does what I want my images and forms to do. I can twist it, bend it, grind it, weld it, texture it, and shape it to get the look I want. I have worked with a variety of other media, but I always come back to steel.” Al Glann loves design and with a BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration he taught 3-D classes at his alma mater, Columbus [OH] College of Art & Design. After moving to Arizona and earning a Masters of Education at Northern Arizona University he balanced the life of a graphics design instructor at the Art Institute of Phoenix with his burgeoning career as a fine artist, a career he has now enjoyed full time for almost ten years.
Allowing both positive and negative space to form his subjects, Glann succeeds in representing the massive weight of his horses with minimal use of his medium. The positions he represents capture thoroughly both mood and expression.
“In describing my horses, I refer to them as my 3-dimensional gesture drawings. I have always loved the essence drawings and paintings of Sumi brush. Having learned it and taught it for a number of years it has always intrigued me as an artistic expression. What is the least amount you can put down to describe a character, a person or in my case a horse. What lines define the anatomy, the energy, and the personality?”
To enjoy the award-winning sculpture of this dedicated artist, plan to attend the opening of “Al Glann: Essence of Form.” All are welcome! The exhibition runs through November 18.