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Art Hero: Glynis Bryden

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 - 4:45pm
Arts and Culture

Glynis Bryden is a Dereel-based artist who will exhibit her work on the 2018 Golden Plains Arts Trail (North Trail) from her home studio. Her garden is also key to the display, where a selection of Glynis’s 3D pieces will be exhibited. 

Glynis works across a variety of mediums, but considers herself a ‘drawer that uses paint sometimes’.

“I like to use pen and ink and work with detailed drawing of whatever floats into my head – these can be either quite realistic, surreal or even quite abstract,” said Glynis.

“My work is more about the idea than ever trying to represent an object in its true form.  I draw ‘objects’ but often warp them to fit an idea,” she added.

This year’s Arts Trail will feature a collection of Glynis’ drawings – some with paint, some printed – from a number of series. She will also have birdhouses on display and leather-bound books (that she has hand-made and stitched herself).

A gifted creative since she was a child, it was not until the late 1980s that Glynis took up art seriously, which was around the time she left the corporate world to raise her children.  She admits, “I was always drawing – I remember entering a drawing competition when I was about 7 years old. I had to reproduce two drawings from a magazine and enlarge them (to make sure we didn’t cheat).  I won, and I think I have been drawing ever since.”

Glynis holds many certifications in several disciplines as well as a Bachelor in Visual Art from Federation University (Ballarat), where she double majored in Ceramics and Drawing.

While Glynis admits she doesn’t really “put herself out there” for acclamation or reward, she said, “As a working artist, the fact that I have sold just about everything I have ever made and put up for sale, holds more value to me as an artist.”

Glynis is looking forward to her first Golden Plains Arts Trail. She said, “We, as artists, are always looking for opportunities to display or exhibit our work so that people can see it but the Arts Trail offers an extraordinary opportunity to have people come to us.”

Glynis Bryden will exhibit at the Golden Plains Arts Trail – North Trail (17-18 March) from the Zen Art Australia Studio, 10 Russell Street, Dereel.

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.