Glen Skien has spent the major part of his exhibiting life as a printmaker and author of objects in the Central Queensland coastal city of Mackay. After completing a four year signwriting apprenticeship and a year travelling and working in Europe he returned to study a Diploma of Fine Arts in Townsville, graduating in 1988.
Since 1990 he has exhibited consistently throughout regional Queensland with a major survey exhibition “Palimpsest The Art of Glen Skien” touring throughout regional Australia including Icon gallery in Melbourne.
In the mid-nineties he worked as a set designer with Crossroad Arts, a Mackay based deaf theatre ensemble. This experience was to be influential with the discovery of how objects and surfaces contain the possibility of revealing their own narratives.
Several years later Skien established Silent Parrot Press with a focus on creating limited edition prints and artists’ books.
In 2007 he relocated to Brisbane to complete post graduate studies at Griffith University Queensland College of the Arts .
The continual thread existing in the prints and assemblage box works of Glen Skien is one of illumination of experience and emotion but not descriptively, always with intuition at its heart.
Ultimately, intuition here is about the relationship between the creation of meaning and art.