As a child in rural Ontario, Casey McGlynn sat in front of the television and tirelessly drew on old grocery bags and scrap paper, creating self-taught surrealist pop art. Reoccurring symbols from his life emerge in McGlynn’s work, and are often multi-representational. The large man may be McGlynn, the bird is a woman friend, and horses are symbolic of his past life and memories. Birds from his studio window flutter across the canvas as compositional elements, and numbers from memorized math tables are interjected between phrases.
Painting and creating art is a way for McGlynn to make sense of a chaotic world, “painting is the only time in my life that I’m not constantly thinking and over-analyzing everything I do.”
McGlynn graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1997, and has exhibited throughout Canada and the United States. His work is in public and private collections in New York, Hong Kong, and Canada. In 2005 the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Colorado had a retrospective of his autobiographical work. Casey McGlynn was a featured artist at the 2015 SOFA Chicago Exposition.