Glen Skien

03-03-2015 To 21-03-2015

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. 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.

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.


Artist statement on Poetics of Etching

In Gaston Bachelard’s sublime book on the poetic resonances of objects within intimate spaces, The Poetics of Space, he observes that ‘the poetic act has no past, at least no recent past, in which its preparation and appearance could be followed’ (Bachelard,1958). In its cryptic manner Bachelard’s observation is what it feels like to make etchings. The process is so immersive that for the practitioner there is ever only the moment, and once completed the effects so mysterious that nothing could possibly follow and defeat such a singular experience.



2014 Doctorate Visual Arts

Queensland College of Art Griffith University, Brisbane Australia


2010 Master of Visual Art

Queensland College of Art Griffith University, Brisbane Australia


1988 Diploma of Visual Art

Townsville Institute of TAFE, Queensland


Solo Exhibitions

2013 – 2016 Mytho-Poetic Touring Exhibition



Matchbox Songs & Gypsy Hymns, Queensland College of Art Gallery, Brisbane Australia

Alter: Perc Tucker Regional Arts Gallery, Townsville Australia

Oh Bird, Handheld Gallery, Melbourne Austali


Room, Letter Window, Map, Redland Art Gallery, Brisbane Australia

Trace, Artspace Mackay Regional Gallery, Mackay Australia


Assemble: Galleria Queensland College of Art Gallery, Brisbane Australia


Biography, Hervey Bay Regional Art Gallery


The Boat Sailed On, Umbrella Studio, Townsville Queensland


Palimpsest: The Art of Glen Skien, Mackay Artspace, Mackay Australia. Touring Survey Exhibition

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville Queensland

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, New South Wales

Icon Gallery, Deakin University, Victoria

2003 Small Ceremonies, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville

2004 Small Ceremonies II, Noosa Regional Gallery

2003 Illuminated Diaries, Hervey Bay Regional Gallery

2000 Preludes, Sendai, Japan