Light is everywhere we see, if it wasn't there to reflect on matter, then we would not be able to see the matter. I love what light can do to our senses, how light influences what we feel and think. How light colors everything and plays with us. Every color is light, as is every shape. I get inspired by only the thought of this common source of live.
What is lit increases in importance and what lays in the shade seems to be of less interest, for some perhaps even scary. The sheer amount of emotions that are related to our visual experiences and train of thought, makes me humble and at the same time makes me wonder why we do what we do. What is so clear to me seems so different to others.
Everyone has their own reality, thoughts and feelings, all influenced by our senses. It interests me to play with shades and shapes and experience what it does for me and relate this to the experience of others. I like to experiment with color and nuances, trying to channel the train of thoughts and feelings in attempt to heal and let go, so I can become a better version of myself.
In every work of art the essence is left behind, an energy, that in a way captures the moment of creation. It makes me feel connected to the universe. May this energy, through my art, inspire you too!
The in 1980 Dutch born Glen Thymmis has an enormous drive to create. During his younger years he already was fascinated by the underlying architecture of life and physics. The effects of light and structure and their influences on mood and the life around it intrigued Glen Thymmis. As dust particles floating in the rays of the Sun and caustics refracting of the waterline showed him the size of the universe and a diversity of colors and forms, is Glen Thymmis emotionally stimulated to help others experience the intensity of color and shapes just as he does.
In his quest to heal and overcome his physical limitations, he is in a constant struggle to find balance. His dedication to grow as a person as well as an artist reflects in his art. He considers his works of art to be like the shed skin of a snake. It is his intention for the beholder to be able to follow his story of emotions and states of mind, expressed in paint on canvas, as a means to be able to experience his path to heal and let go.
As an independent, Glen Thymmis mastered a multitude of disciplines over the years, from architecture, to programming and from web content creation to 3D animation. Which all contributed to him developing a special taste for pure art forms like fine art painting.
Glen Thymmis paints with brushes and the palette knife with acrylics on canvas. He uses hues and tints to represent and influence emotions. Although his abstract art is very personal and intimate to him, his goal is to share the experience.
Driven by pain, not aligned with society, Glen Thymmis grew up in conflict. Born in 1980 in a cold insensitive environment, in Twente, The Netherlands, the sensitive Glen Thymmis could not ground.
While his mother was unaware of being chronically ill, she gave birth to Glen Thymmis and his three sisters. While he and his siblings required more care then his parents could provide, found Glen Thymmis himself frequently struggling with their «tough love».
Glen Thymmis found true love in his early teens, with his now wife, whom grew up in a group home. Which led to the young couple to live together before they hit their twenties and still in school.
Founding his own company in 2001, he forced himself to develop some business sense. While he spend all his energy in striving for perfection, in attempt to meet customer demand, his health spindled down. Leading him to collapse in 2013, wherefrom he is still recovering.
During his years as self employed digital artist, he gained a lot of knowledge of commercial driven art forms. Yet he couldn’t self identify with this fast paced, money driven and power hungry industry. Glen Thymmis made as soon as he was able to, an 180 degree turn towards the emotion driven traditional fine arts. For him a path to find acceptance, a path of healing.
Glen Thymmis has over the years made many digital designs, which have sold all over the globe. Now with his new found passion he is focusing on what he describes as «going back to the roots of nature» in his attempt to create a more sustainable combination of life and living. And as he puts it, «it is in his blood» to create and therefor he paints.
As Glen Thymmis is according to him «painting from his emotional connection to the universe», he seems to use his life path as source of inspiration to create art. His way to feel, cope and heal.
On the surface his art varies from very intense hues and strong contrasts to very faint fine detailed subtleties in desaturated palettes. His works reflects his inner fights with his colorful life experience, yet to experience them as he intends them, you may have to go deep.
A selection of my portfolio is made available, but as it is just an impression of the overall artwork I have made in the past, it might not cover recent artwork or my latest artwork. For more information please contact a selected Gallery.