One of the most remarkable qualities of Glenn Badham’s work is its sincerity. His work maintains an admirable directness regarding feeling and intention.
By using a synthetic palette, Badham creates bright, bold visions of the world around him. He makes pen and ink sketches and mixed media drawings, which later evolve into oil paintings. His work celebrates the colour and wonder around us and how we --human beings-- interact and fit within the natural world.
Being a Ballroom dancer since childhood has been a significant influence on his work. Rhythm and repetition are his permanent attraction points, while he has a very distinctive way of capturing the human body and movement. His artistic practice, including rapid sketches developed to larger paintings, has allowed him to get inspired from and work in unique environments such as dance halls, theatre stages, ballrooms, or Jazz Clubs. The moving body in all these works has an astonishing vibration, achieved through skillful expressionistic games between light and shadow.
His artistic genealogy in approaching nature counts from 18th-century British landscape painting, up to now. His trees’ foliages are in a sensitive dialogue with John Constable’s naturalism and his rolling form of clouds own a glimpse of William Turner’s skies. At the same time, his colourful, picturesque syntheses keep a quality reminding of recent David Hockney’s multicoloured and playful contemplations on landscapes. Deeply inspired by British painting tradition, National Heritage and history, Badham desires to bring back a romantic view of wildlife and countryside. His artistic vision is focused on re-establishing a new relationship between man and nature, based on awe, wonder and respect, that are so indispensable today. In his imagery, the natural world becomes a magical place, full of possibilities, where multiple human interactions are studied and represented with curiosity and love.
Gelly Gryntaki The Art Newspaper London 2021.
March 2023 Affordable Art Fair, New York, US.
March 2023 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London.
November 2022 Selection for the Rugby Open.
October 2022 Affordable Art Fair Battersea with The Art Movement.
September 2022 RBSA Prizes exhibition selection.
August 6-18 2022, `Passion, point media and paint`. new works on show at Rugby Museum and Art Gallery, First Floor Gallery.
May 17-21 2022 Society of Graphic Fine Art open selection. Mall Galleries, London.
March 2022 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London.
March 2022 Selection for Mall Galleries Pastel Society Open.
January 2022 Royal Cambrian Academy Open selection.
Longlist selection in the 2021 VAO Visual Arts Open.
July 2021 Selection for Parker Harris Figurative Art Now.
July 2021 Selection for Pastel Society Open exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.
May 2021 Selection for Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Friends Open exhibition.
May 2021 Selection for the Society of Graphic Fine Art Open exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.
May 2021Laura I. Gallery - ARTSY online exhibition `Hallowed Landscapes, an Epoch of Colour`.
April 2021 Parker Harris Royal Cambrian Academy Open exhibition selection .
February 2021 Pastel Society Open exhibition selection.
December 2020 ARTSY online exhibition `Art and Identity` .
2020 Laura I.Gallery, London representation.
2020 Rugby Open Selection .
October 2020 "OUR ENGLISH COAST", 1st floor Gallery at Rugby Museum and Art Gallery.
September 2020 Selection for Ty Pawb, Open submission competition in Wrexham, Wales.
August 2020 "OUR ENGLISH COAST". 78 Derngate, Northampton (The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House).
2020 Sky Landscape Artist of the Year selection. Wildcard.
ONE MAN EXHIBITIONS
2020 August - `OUR ENGLISH COAST` 78 Derngate, Northampton and October/November - Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
2011 October - 'A MOMENT IN TIME' NumberNineTheGallery, Birmingham. 6 pieces purchased by Palace of Westminster permanent collection and archive.
2008 August - 'FROM CUBA WITH LOVE' NumberNineTheGallery, Birmingham
2006 'RITES AND RIOTS' NumberNineTheGallery, Birmingham
2004 February - 'DRAMA' NumberNineTheGallery, Birmingham
Saffron Waldon Gallery
Hunter Art Gallery, Bury St Edmunds
Rowles Fine Art, Ludlow
Green Stage Gallery, Worcester
Mall Galleries, London
Laura I. Gallery, London
Royal Cambrian Academy, Conway, Wales
Contemporary 6, Manchester
Gallery 54 London
NumberNineThe Gallery, Birmingham
COMMISSIONS AND PURCHASERS
St. Astor Hotel New York.
Palace of Westminster Permanent Collection, London
Dorchester Hotel, London.
Sherlock Holmes Hotel London.
Park Lane Hotel London.
Crystal Serenity Cruise Liner
Twickenham Marriot Hotel, London
Odeon entertainment and the management team of the World Superbike Champion, James Toseland selected me to paint his official portrait for a limited edition print run of 395 'Brands Hatch Double'.
Chosen by 'The Metro' magazine to paint the winning prize portrait for a competition open to the public. Sponsored by Gallo winemakers the painting was given widespread media coverage and was granted its own space at that years Affordable Art Fair in Battersea London.