Glenn Barr’s surreal creatures, specters and tragic characters live in a seedy universe, drenched in the grit and haze of a post-apocalyptic urban dreamscape. His Detroit work has been labeled Pop Surrealism, Lowbrow, Regional, Outsider, Ashcan or as he coins the phrase “B Cultural-ism”. Barr finds inspiration in the city streets as well as from pop and counter cultures that infuse a familiarity in his many parallel realities. With a nod to old master painting, pulp art, and cartooning, Barr’s paintings are mesmerizing in their narrative complexities and technical depth. Barr is one of Detroit’s most celebrated and successful underground artists. His paintings have appeared in galleries from LA, Seattle and
San Francisco to New York City, Germany, Belgium, Australia and Italy. Barr’s work has been featured in a variety of comics and graphic novels from MAD, DC COMICS and PARADOX PRESS as well as in a successful series of self-published books called HEEP(1,2,3&4). Barr’s contributions to animation include background styling for The Ren & Stimpy Show, Bjork’s I Miss You video, head BG stylist for The New Woody Woodpecker Show & Baby Huey Show. His paintings have been reproduced in the periodicals Big, Film Threat, Hi Fructose, Juxtapoz and the NY Times to name but a few.
The 2003 book, LOWLIFE PARADISE: The Works of Glenn Barr, published by La Luz de Jesus Press & Last Gasp was met with great success. This book had a brother born at the same time entitled THE LOWLIFE COMPANION: Selected Drawings from Glenn Barr. His second book which is already in its second printing is a comprehensive collection of paintings, drawings and photographs titled Glenn Barr’s “HAUNTED PARADISE”. This collection spans 4 years of work where the previous book left off and is also published by La Luz de Jesus & Last Gasp. Another book Glenn Barr’s FACES was released in 2012 by the same publisher. Now in 2021 Barr has partnered with Sympathetic Press where he dove deep into the archives and collected well over 200 drawings in a 204 page hardcover book titled Glenn Barr: STUDIES, due to be released this October.