Born in 1978, Pam Glew is a contemporary artist who is best known for her unique bleaching technique on national flags. She uses dye and bleach to deconstruct and distress vintage materials in her own breed of painting.
Heavily inspired by film, her strong cinematic paintings often reference contemporary culture with portraits of contemporary faces and the artist herself. By painting directly onto vintage textiles with bleach and dye, the artist plays with our notion of culture of heritage, a sense of belonging, or estrangement from our countries. Personal experience is referenced in the works, including motherhood in the edition series ‘Out of the Water’.
Vintage flags, brocade and antique American quilts provide a unique surface to paint on. By dyeing the fabric black and painting freehand with bleach, the portrait slowly develops in the painting process. The fabric is bleached many times to create contrast and the material is washed each time to remove the chemicals. The result is a ghostly timeless image, which emerges from the cloth.
Glew has exhibited in numerous urban, traditional and site-specific exhibitions, alongside such artists as Damien Hirst, Tracy Emin and Peter Blake. As a British artist she has shown widely in the UK and showcased in Paris, Amsterdam, LA, Korea, Cologne, Dallas and Sydney in 100 group exhibitions and 6 major solo shows. Previous solo exhibitions include Beautiful & Damned London, 2011, Circus London, 2010 and Luminaries Sydney, 2010. Her work continues to be collected by art buyers worldwide and commissioned by large brands and individuals.
Pam continues to exhibit in numerous charity exhibitions and supports causes including Teenage Cancer Trust, Big Issue and MTV Staying Alive Foundation. She has produced commissions for brands including Armani, Ralph Lauren and Mitsubishi Bank. Collaborations include Terry O’Neill and Bill Wyman’s documentary photography of the Rolling Stones.