Bernard Glasgow's early work is typical of the American Regionalist style; he painted scenes that he was familiar with. He painted people waiting in train stations, riding subways, people at work and play, portraits, and nudes. He worked for the WPA, and then turned to a more modernist style.
The influence of Matisse and Picasso can be seen in his paintings of the 1940's, then like many artist he became fascinated with abstraction.
Glasgow created a large body of work over his 20 years as a painter, and then gave up painting for a more stable career. He put away his paintings never to be seen again, his family in the mid-1990s decided his paintings should be exhibited and sold.
Like many artists of his generation, almost forgotten, Glasgow will find his place in the history of American painting.
1931-1934 New York University, NYC
1935-1937 Art Students League, NYC
1936-1939 Studied with Jon Corbino, William McNulty, Ann Brockman and Rico LeBrun
1940 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia - Annual Exhibition
1942 WPA-Commission for Salem, WV Post Office. Represented by Kleeman Gallery, NYC
1943 Art Institute of Chicago, Annual Exhibition
1944 Art Director of North African Field Division, Air Transport Command
1946 Studied with Harry Sternberg at Art Students League
1947 Brooklyn Museum, New York-Group Exhibition
1949 National Academy of Design, NYC - Annual Exhibition
1954 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts - Annual Exhibition
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio Annual Exhibition
1956 Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH - Annual Exhibition
1960 Abandoned painting for a career as a commercial artist, first as art director for Lennen and Newell and then as director of his own agency.