Glenn Fagartveit

Glenn Fagartveit is currently working on illustrations for the re-release of Simon Maree’s ‘The Music The Machines Make’.

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Photo courtesy of Edel Puntonet.

 

Glenn knew at an early age that he wanted to become either a computer scientist or farmer, and that he should start using Swedish snuff. As it turned out he became the former (+ the snuff). The idea behind this was in essence, Glenn wanted to create games, that’s was his supreme mission ever since he started playing them at an early age. He started sketching gory versions of Super Mario in his school books and thus an artist was born.

Glenn would define himself as a Neo-renaissance man, not because of the current definition of the word, but more because he just can’t concentrate on a specific area of expertise. He enjoys creating art (a nobrainer there perhaps), but he also enjoys creating music and games. Glenn being such a misanthrope, he of course needs to be able to do everything himself.

As an artist Glenn keeps to the darker path, with great inspirations from H.R. Giger, Dalí, Theodore Kittelssen, William Blake and Albrecht Dürer among some, The surrealist movement might be the largest lighthouse in his path, especially the esoteric undertones of the front-artists of the movement.

 

Glenn also enjoys contemporary arts, especially those derived from the comic book scene and by some extend, the game industry.

Glenn started his art path mainly as a pencil artist, working a long time with the good ol’ HB pencil to create his worlds, but this later evolved into multiple mediums and Glenn feels quite at home with oils, watercolor, ink and acrylics but also enjoys working in digital medium with his wacom tablets.

He firmly believes in Alan Moore’s notion that the artist is actually a modern version of the magician, or shaman, bringing others into unknown worlds and realms through his creation, thus Glenn tries to draw and paint his versions of those other realms when he has some time on his hands. This can be seen clearly in his series ”Searching for Demons” where he tried to create several windows into the underworld and it’s different realms, these were surreal pieces on the verge of abstract.

Glenn is also an avid reader of books, but keeps his interest there on the more fictional areas, the big 3 here must be fantasy, horror and Sci-Fi, and he holds names such as H.P. Lovecraft, Terry Pratchett, Clive Barker, William Gibson and Neil Gaiman near to heart.

As a human it can be said that Glenn is a father of two daughters, he works at a big IT company and he enjoys spending his free time with playing games and watching cool TV-series such as Stranger Things and Firefly, and when time allows, knocks back a beer or two, he also likes music of many variations, 80’s synthwave is his latest love. He also doesn’t consider himself a human in the least.

Image taken from the forthcoming re-release of ‘The Music The Machines Make’ by Simon Maree.

And Simon says…

My publisher first introduced me to Glenn some time last year. She’d somehow chanced upon the poor bugger whilst rounding up potential freelance artists I think. She thought his work might compliment mine. She sent him a copy of my first novel (‘The Music the Machines Make’) and he did a couple of sample illustrations of the characters. I fell in love with his work as soon as I saw it and the rest, as they will hopefully say at some point in the future, is history.
illustration, blimp flying over London's Houses of Parliament

To be re-released soon.

His work is dark yet humorous, with a nicely Lovecraftian vein throughout. He seems to understand my mindset very well indeed, especially for a Norseman (let’s face it, the Vikings and the Celts have not always exactly seen eye to eye :P) and his style is more than versatile enough to match my literary ADHD.
On the rare occasions I have spoken to Glenn we get on surprisingly well for a couple of grumpy old misanthropic mystics (or perhaps that is exactly why we get on?) and we have a mutual respect for each other’s work that is comparable to Pratchett and Kirby or Mills and O’Neill (or possibly, seeing as we have never actually met; Almond and Pitney) and, if there is any justice left in this sorry excuse for a world, we will be just as successful as those mighty partnerships.