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My personal vision as an artist is not exclusive. It admits all visual experience. My central objective in art is to heighten this visual experience. With my art I seek to find new interpretations of what we literally see.
Although my paintings embody universal principles of design and composition, they also introduce new interpretations from my own vision. My subjects are those to which I feel the most intense responses. They are chosen intuitively and without premeditation. I become aware of them as a result of a brief but intense visual experience that may occur at any time. There are no conscious social, political, literary or historical allusions in the work; it is purely visual and as such relies entirely on the language of vision for its originality and impact. I work to reveal the visual world directly, but not literally. For me art must be without pretense, contrivance or preconception. A literal rendering of the subject is not of concern. Judgments about “accurate” renderings are beside the point; although I have a keen eye and hand when a literal rendering of a subject is a client’s intent.
My techniques build on the 20th Century masters and their 19th Century progenitors. My paintings and drawings metamorphose into new images emanating from, and always returning to, the perceived world of visual experience.
My early training was as a watercolorist. My studies following this were in the Bauhaus tradition and methodology which exposed me to a wide range of graphic techniques including print-making, photography, sculpture, graphic design and oil painting at Brooklyn College in NY City where my teachers included the painters Robert Jay Wolf, Ad Reinhardt and Burgoyne Diller, the prominent print-maker Stanley Hayter and the photographer Walter Rosenblum. Following this I studied painting and life drawing with John Hanson at Cornell University. After a period of military service I was admitted to the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where I studied architecture and received the Master of Architecture degree. I was in active architectural practice for many years while also continuing to paint and draw. My culminating formal training in painting and drawing from life was obtained during several years of study at the Art Students League of New York where my principal teachers were Hanania Harari and Terence Coyle.
My work has been exhibited at Harvard University, the Art Students League, the Columbus Gallery in NY City and Jennifer House Gallery, Great Barrington, MA. His work has also been published on the Internet by Sotheby Galleries, courtesy of JoAnn Fine Arts Gallery, New York City. Glass has studios at his residences in New York City and West Stockbridge, Mass.