Glenn Tunstull Bio 2018
Painter, illustrator and educator Glenn Tunstull has a pre-occupation with sky, water and light. It may well be what drew him to the Hudson River Valley after years of living in New York City and abroad. The change of seasons so evident in the Valley is the muse for his landscapes, both abstract and real, reminiscent of Georges Seurat’s pointillist masterpieces. Since moving to upstate New York in 2002, Tunstull has painted every season, capturing the splendor of fall foliage along the Taconic, the blanketing of pristine snow from his studio window atop a hill in Claverack and the bucolic beauty of Hudson in spring and summer.
While there is much to capture at home, Tunstull’s love of art knows no borders. His settings, thus far, have extended from the pastoral elegance of Surrey, England, to the energetic and breathtaking colors of Bahia and Rio De Janeiro, from the beautiful and historical grandeur of Paris to the far- flung flourishes of Australia, Bali, Italy and Japan.
For a little more than a decade Tunstull has exhibited annually on Martha’s Vineyard, building a recognizable body of work and a faithful following of fans and collectors.
“I remember my first show. I was slightly nervous as to how well it would go,” he admits. “Then I made about $20,000 in one weekend and my nerves were put to rest!”
Over the years Tunstull has expanded his “storytelling” to include vivid portrayals of life on the island, and his rich African-American heritage is on display in these works.