Glasgow received his formal training at the New York University and Arts Students League in New York City. He studied under the tutelage of Rico LeBrun, John Corbino, William McNulty and Ann Brockman.
His early work is typical of the American Regionalist style which is classically defined by artists working to appeal to the American masses in the aftermath of World War I. Common subject matter included depictions of an everyday working class populace and common city scenes. Glasgow painted scenes that he was familiar with which captured Americana in the 1930’s; including people waiting in train stations, riding subways, people at work and play, portraits and nudes.
In the 1930’s and 1940’s The Works Progress Administration (WPA) funded projects for over 5,000 artists under President Roosevelt’s New Deal plan and Bernard Glasgow participated with the likes of Mark Rothko, Willem deKooning and Jackson Pollock. Commissioned murals include the Salem, West Virginia Post Office; which was featured in a 2001 publication of Distinction, a Long Island lifestyle magazine.
Later in his career Glasgow developed a modernist stylization echoing the influence of modern masters Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. He created a large body of work over a 20-year span as a painter, which he eventually set aside to begin work as a commercial artist. Within the last decade the Glasgow family has decided to exhibit and make available for sale his estate.
We are delighted to share the estate of Bernard Glasgow in an attempt to bring to light an extremely talented and historically significant contributor to the American Modernist Movement.
Education and Exhibition Timeline
1931-1934 New York University, NYC
1935-1937 Art Students League, NYC
1936-1939 Studied with Jon Corbino, William McNulty,
Ann Brockman and Rico LeBrun
1940 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia - Annual Exhibition
1942 WPA-Commission for Salem, WV Post Office. Represented by Kleeman Gallery, NYC
1943 Art Institute of Chicago, Annual Exhibition
1944 Art Director of North African Field Division, Air Transport Command
1946 Studied with Harry Sternberg at Art Students League
1947 Brooklyn Museum, New York-Group Exhibition
1949 National Academy of Design, NYC - Annual Exhibition
1954 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts - Annual Exhibition Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio Annual Exhibition
1956 Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH - Annual Exhibition
1960 Made transition to commercial art; first as art director for Lennen and Newell, then as director of his own agency.
Since 1999 Bernard Glasgow has been represented by Papillon Gallery