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Silhouette Paintings by Glen Rubsamen

A painting of a simplified billboard and silhouetted treesThe Roots and the Flowers, acrylic on panel

Glen Rubsamen received his BFA and MFA from the University of California in Los Angeles, and has exhibited his works in solo shows throughout Europe and New York. The artist creates silhouette paintings of billboards and trees that could be in California but are removed from all context, creating odd snapshots of half-remembered places.

A painting of a yellow colour gradient billboard and a silhouette street lightThe Riddle of the Universe, acrylic on panel

I really enjoy Rubsamen’s paintings, particularly the way he renders the skies. Each work has the look of a snapshot taken at dawn or dusk, with orange, purple and blue gradients serving as the main source of colour in each work. Each of his recent paintings features a structure of some sort, usually a billboard rising high above any other visible buildings.


Like Andrew Valko, Rubsamen seems to have a passionate interest in the way a painting interacts with the subject of another flat image surface, but where Valko details projections of movie scenes, Rubsamen leaves his billboards blank, or covers them with a complementary colour gradient. 

A painting of trees and a large sign silhouetted against a colour gradientThe Naked and the Dead, acrylic on panel

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Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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