Glen Rubsamen’s paintings are heavily influenced by his life in Los Angeles. Working primarily in acrylics, Rubsamen’s paintings begin as photographs of the urban Los Angeles landscape that he takes and reassembles to create a scene. Flattened palm trees, billboards, power lines, and roadside attractions are often painted in black against luminous skies, in ambient warm colors of the sunset as well as acidic greens and yellows and dreamy blues. Rather than ignoring the banality and artificiality of these quotidian objects and settings, Rubsamen thoughtfully integrates them into his paintings, portraying a landscape shaped by human hand and transformed by civilization.
Rubsamen lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Dusseldorf, Germany. He has exhibited at venues including the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany; Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France; Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA; Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, UK; Kunstverein Munich, Germany; Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA; and extensively in international galleries.