A visual artist and writer, Glen Rubsamen primarily works with painting and photography. Influenced by his life in Los Angeles, his paintings begin as photographs of the urban landscape, which he reassembles into flattened images of palm trees, billboards, power lines, and roadside attractions.
Born in 1957 in Los Angeles, California, Rubsamen lives and works between Los Angeles and Düsseldorf. He earned his BA and MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1978 and 1981 respectively. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, Galerie Michael Cosar, Düsseldorf, Galería Pepe Cobo, Seville, Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich, Alfonso Artiaco, Naples, Valentina Bonomo Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Galería Pepe Cobo, Madrid, Brändström & Stene, Stockholm, Galeria Graça Brandão, Lisbon, Osmos Address, New York and Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles, among others.
Rubsamen's urban scenes featuring quotidian objects are often set against ambient warm colors of the sunset as well as acidic greens and yellows and dreamy blues. These backdrops are contrasted sharply with the silhouette-like black figures arrayed in the foreground. Portraying a landscape shaped by human hand and transformed by civilization, these works appear like film stills, exuding an air of calm and drama.
Featured image: Glen Rubsamen - Magic Mountain, 2017 (detail). Acrylic on panel. 47 9/10 × 64 × 1 7/10 in. 121.7 × 162.5 × 4.4 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Mai 36 Galerie