Glen Davies was born in Chicago, and attended the School of the Art Institute there during the late 1960’s where the intrigue of the great museums and the influence of Chicago’s homegrown pop genre “imagism” combined to set the stage for his grotesque figural fantasies, exploring themes of spiritual conflict, and the journey toward enlightenment. After fulfilling a childhood dream of traveling with the circus, Davies worked for a short time as a billboard artist and sign painter, eventually opening a mural painting business. After receiving an MFA in painting from the University of Illinois, Davies has divided his time between studio pursuits and a variety of alternative employments including circus/carnival show painter, sideshow banner artist, professional muralist, curator, and educator.
Davies was represented for several years by Chicago’s Phyllis Kind Gallery and is currently showing with Packer/Schopf Gallery in Chicago and La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles. His works resides in many public and private collections including Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, The Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, the Georgia Museum of Art, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Roger Brown Study Collection of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.