Glenys Cour

The Colour of Saying
Glenys Cour, Blue Monument, 1977, Mixed media on paper, City and County of Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Collection

"Visual artists have varying concerns. It is as if each of them opens a door onto a different room. In one is violence or anxiety; in another everything is pure aesthetic balance; sometimes the room opens onwards to a known topography. The door that Glenys Cour presents swings open to a room of colour: azure, red and gold. It is warm and stacked with riches. In her allusive and abstracted paintings she captures the sheer pleasure of the visual. Whether she is meditating on food upon a table, a shining Greek Island sea, or a butterfly that has drifted to her windowsill, she shows us a profound delight in the form and colour of things.  " Peter Wakelin 2003

Cennino Cennini, the 15th century Italian artist who wrote on the techniques of the great masters, described ultramarine blue as    “illustrious, beautiful, and most perfect, beyond all other colors.”

Blue is Glenys’s colour, that pure deep ultra-marine originally made from the highly-prized semi-precious stone Lapis Lazuli imported from the East via Venice and ground into pigment. It is seen in paintings by all the great masters, Leonardo, Titian, Vermeer, Cezanne, Picasso and is rarely absent from Glenys’s work.