Local artist leaving impact across Rocky View County
Thursday, Apr 09, 2015 12:58 pm
Local artist Glen Collin has remained a prominent member in the Airdrie arts scene for years. He has art pieces showcasing the beautiful landscapes of southern Alberta, including Airdrie, Balzac, Irricana, Beiseker, Kathyrn and Crossfield.
Born in Northern Alberta in 1952, Collin has always had art as part of his life, and hopes to spread his love of it across southern Alberta.
“I would love for (painting) to be a full-time career,” said Collin.
Collin went to the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) in Calgary. Initially he had hoped to take fine arts, but found himself quickly drawn to the commercial art side of ACAD.
“The commercial art side was doing such exciting work,” said Collin. “ I loved the illustrations that were coming out of there.”
“Commercial art was a really good decision.”
The father of three said commercial art is the design of logos and brochures with typography and illustrations. He added that it is more illustrative and requires more accuracy and focus on structure and anatomy of the art piece.
“I feel I got good training (from ACAD),” said Collin. “When you come out you feel like you can just tackle any problem.”
“The way the course is taught, they give you problems and you solve them as opposed to having you read a chapter and come back and regurgitate it on a test.”
One of the largest pieces Collin ever worked on was a mural he painted that now stands at the entrance for the Town of Irricana. The mural portrays the two Irricana grain elevators while they were still standing.
“I had always wanted to paint the Irricana elevators,” said Collin. “A lot of people don’t remember what the elevators looked like.”
“Irricana was unique in that they had two tracks side by side, so there is actually two sets of elevators.”
Brenda Campbell, who was then the Economic Development and Tourism Officer for the Town of Irricana, approached Collin. Campbell asked Collin to do a mural for the town, but when Collin came back with a larger and more elaborate proposal than Campbell was expecting, they decided to move the mural to the entrance of town.
Town council and Collin came up with the idea of putting his mural on three-quarter inch Crezon Plywood panels, to avoid painting the mural on the curved wall of the quonset hut that stood where the mural is today. This also allowed Collin to work on the mural in his shop.
The mural took Collin approximately three full years from painting to installation in 2013. Collin is currently working on a mural at Iron Horse Park in Airdrie.