Marcus Glenn

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Park West Gallery presents Marcus Glenn

Marcus Glenn

Marcus Glenn was born January 29, 1968 in Detroit, Michigan. His first introduction to art was at the age of five when his kindergarten teacher asked him to create artwork to be featured in the classroom. Later, he furthered his artistic skills by attending the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. Marcus credits his artistic skills to God given ability and to studying artists such as Picasso, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Benny Andrews, and Ernie Barnes.

In 1988 at the age of twenty, Marcus participated in his first public art exhibition hosted by Gerald Marant Gallery (along with former Detroit Pistons player John Salley). The group exhibition featured nationally known artists Annie Lee, Carl Owens, and Gilbert Young. Soon after, he became the first African American and the youngest cartoonist in the Detroit News. As a free-lance cartoonist his daily comic strip ‘Double Trouble’ ran for four years.

In 1998 Marcus was commissioned by the Chrysler Corporation to paint a mural for their use. Later that year, he was commissioned by renowned restaurateur Patrick Coleman for a mural. In 1999 he was featured in a group exhibition hosted by Chrysler Corporation.

In August of 2005 Marcus’ work was featured in his first museum exhibition held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan. At the end of the exhibition, the museum acquired one of his works for their permanent collection –an honor typically reserved for much older artists.

In 2006, Marcus, along with three other Park West artists, helped to capture and preserve the spirit of the Super Bowl XL in Detroit Michigan. Glenn created ten unique pieces, including portraits of former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr and current Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy.