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Glen Williams

I’m largely a figurative painter working in acrylic, pastels, charcoal, really anything that I can get my hands on. I like to experiment painting on all sorts of textures, from canvas and cardboard to slate and steel.

Growing up in South Yorkshire most of my family were either miners or steelworkers or married to miners or steelworkers and most of my work reflects that working class background. A lot of the imagery has long since disappeared, replaced by luxury apartments, gentrification and shopping malls, but the memories are still strong reflecting a time when we used to take pride in manufacturing rather than serving french fries and burgers.

I live and work in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and I like to think that my work has some sort of social commentary running through it, from my industrial paintings through to work I’ve been creating around homelessness and mental health. I combine my sketches and experiences with my memories of growing up in that environment.

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Family Day out at 'Skeggy'

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Wash Day

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'Eight Bloody Nil'

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Wash Day

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Nothing like a paddle

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Corner Shop

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Saturday night down the club

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House Proud

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'The Dusty Miller'

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Trawling in the North Sea

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Sheffield steelworkers

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Past Exhibitions

2019 Two paintings displayed at the Huddersfield Art Society Annual Exhibition at the Huddersfield Art Gallery 1) 'Family Day out at Skeggy' (winner of the peoples vote award) 2) ''Eight Bloody Nil' 2018 Three paintings displayed at the Huddersfield Art Society Annual Exhibition at the Huddersfield Art Gallery 1) 'Washday' 2) 'Houseproud' 3) 'The Dusty Miller' (winner of the Eleanor Sykes Award) ​Solo exhibition at SR2 in Huddersfield ​2017 Three paintings displayed at the Huddersfield Art Society Annual Exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery 1) 'Steelworkers' 2) 'Industrial Landscape 1' (winner of the creativity award) 3) 'Rory-portrait of a rough sleeper' (winner of the peoples vote award) ​One painting displayed at the Calderdale Art Show at The Bankfield Museum, Halifax
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