Meet Marcus Glenn: 10 Questions with the Accomplished Artist

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Music can be an enormous inspiration. Some write music, some play music, but for artist Marcus Glenn, music acts as his inspiration to create artistic masterpieces.

Artist Marcus Glenn

Artist Marcus Glenn

As one of today’s most widely collected contemporary artists, Glenn utilizes bold, bright colors and inventive texturing to grab your attention. His “Flat Life” works and his use of tearing paper and fabric to build collages is something truly incredible to experience.

His talent has been affirmed again and again by his legions of collectors and the various accolades he’s received throughout his career, including being selected as the official artist for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2014.

Recently, Glenn took the time to answer some of our burning questions and reveal some insights behind his astonishing career. Enjoy!

“Finger Pluckin, Lip Lockin, Hand Tappin Jam” (2014), Marcus Glenn

1). When did you first realize you wanted to become an artist?

I knew at a young age when I was around six years old.


2). What inspires your art?


“The Dance in Life” (2019), Marcus Glenn


3). Which artists have played a role in influencing your style?

Some artists who have played a role in influencing my style are Picasso, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and many more.

"Life Imitating Art (Picasso Painting)," Marcus Glenn

“Life Imitating Art (Picasso Painting),” Marcus Glenn



4). In your studio, do you have a favorite art supply? A paint or tool that you find yourself returning to again and again?

I always find myself returning to Home Depot, particularly for X-Acto knives.


5). You’ve worked in so many different mediums over your career, do you have one in particular that is your favorite?

It’s definitely my “Flat Life” artwork that I create, which is comprised of mixed media and the 3-D dimension effect of the artwork standing up off of the surface. It has become the signature style that represents my artwork and many collectors have told me that they can identify my art without my signature.

"Three for the Groove," Marcus Glenn

“Three for the Groove,” Marcus Glenn



6). You are a big fan of jazz music and often incorporate it into your artwork. What musical artists or bands do you enjoy the most?

Miles Davis, Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis, just to name a few but there are many more!


7). What do you want collectors to take away from your art?

I would like for them to see the love and the passion that I put into my artwork. And that everything I create comes from my God-given talents.


8). What is something that you haven’t created yet that is on the top of your list?

More sculptures!

"Tappin' the Keys for the Love," Marcus Glenn

“Tappin’ the Keys for the Love,” Marcus Glenn


9). What do you enjoy doing when you’re not painting?

Studying about God, spending time with family, and exercising.


10). Do you have a favorite color?


"A Little Love Goes a Long Way (Blue)," Marcus Glenn

“A Little Love Goes a Long Way (Blue),” Marcus Glenn


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