Gregory Glynn, 2007 Amy Award winner
Gregory Glynn, who makes sculptures out of wood from downed trees, has been named the 2007 recipient of the Amy Award.
Born in Lowell, Mass., Gregory moved to Seattle to study sculpture at the University of Washington, earning a BFA in 2000 and moving to Bainbridge Island in 2002. Salvaging downed trees and material found in nature, his sculptures are connotative although primarily abstract. His working drawings, mixed media on paper, add insight to the sculptural process.
Gregory has exhibited throughout the Northwest in sculpture parks and public settings. He is the recipient of a GAP grant from Artist Trust in Seattle to create large-scale sculpture from trees. In mid-October Gregory’s work will also appear in a showcase of local artists at the International Sculpture Conference taking place in Seattle.
“My work is not inspired as much by nature itself, but rather the momentous and often unperceivable transformations in nature,” he said. “I seek to evoke a sense of a world in flux and reveal a potency that dwells in living forms. It is through the process of creating my work and interacting with these forces that I find compelling relationships between the materials that I explore and phenomena of the natural world.”
BAC Executive Director Susan Jackson wrote to Gregory, “To us, your method of making art is a perfect example of unique artistic invention and great skill. We are much taken with your notion of harvesting downed trees on Bainbridge Island to make objects that transform common tree parts into elegant sculptural forms. The magic in your sculpture is your ability to transport your work into the realm of sophisticated art while never leaving behind the original branch or trunk. Your work actually does bridge the art and nature divide.”
A celebration of the Amy Award will take place in late May 2007.