Henry George Glyde

Canadian [1906-1998]

Alberta Society of Artists, Canadian Society of Graphic Artists, Federation of Canadian Artists, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

English-born Glyde trained at the Brassey Institute in Hastings and the Royal College of Art in London, before accepting an invitation from his friend, A.C. Leighton, then director of the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art, to join him at the Institute. Glyde moved to Calgary with his family in 1935, working initially as a drawing instructor, then taking over from Leighton as Director of the Institute. In 1946, Glyde moved to Edmonton to head the Departnment of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta, where he remained for twenty years until his retirement. Over the years, Glyde additionally taught at the Banff School of Fine Art (1936-1967) and in various rural centres, offering arts instruction through the extension program of the University of Alberta (1936-1946). He was also the president of the Alberta Society of Artists for a number of years.

Glyde painted and exhibited actively throughout his long and distinguished teaching career. A contemporary of A.Y. Jackson (Jackson mentions Glyde several times in his autobiography), the two were frequent sketching partners. Yet Glyde’s approach to landscape painting was distinct. His representation of the landscape did not emanate from an emotional response, nor did he use a strong colour palette. In keeping with his classical training, his approach was rooted in observation, design and composition, yielding a representation of the landscape that expresses the majesty of the subject while maintaining a gentle, underlying harmony and rhythm.

Retiring from teaching in 1966, Glyde moved to Pender Island, B.C. with his wife, where he continued to paint, eventually receiving an honourary doctorate from the University of Alberta in 1982. The artist died in Victoria at the age of 91. Glyde’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Toronto Art Gallery, the Glenbow Museum and other public and private collections.

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A Few Notable Results from our Auctions

Henry George Glyde

LAST OF THE SNOW (NR. CANMORE-SPRAY LAKES); 1980
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in.

Sold for $ 20,000 (hammer price) – December 2019

Henry George Glyde

THE ATHABASCA - CANADIAN ROCKIES; 1979
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in.

Sold for $ 18,000 (hammer price) – November 2018

Henry George Glyde

BACK LANE, ALBERTA
oil on canvas
24 x 30 in.

Sold for $ 16,000 (hammer price) – November 2017

Henry George Glyde

ROGERS PASS, B.C.
oil on board
18 x 24 in.

Sold for $ 14,500 (hammer price) – May 2013

Henry George Glyde

OLD BARN, SALMON ARM B.C.
oil on canvas
18 x 24 in.

Sold for $ 11,500 (hammer price) – November 2013

Henry George Glyde

KALAMALKA LAKE AT COLDSTREAM, B.C.
oil on board
18 x 24 in.

Sold for $ 11,000 (hammer price) – May 2013

Henry George Glyde

VIEW FROM PENDER ISLAND; 1991
oil on canvas
16 x 20 in.

Sold for $ 9,000 (hammer price) – May 2017

Henry George Glyde

ALASKA HIGHWAY, LOOKING TOWARD ST. ELIAS RANGE; 1943
watercolour on paper
10.75 x 14.75 in.

Sold for $ 8,500 (hammer price) – November 2011

Henry George Glyde

ON TOP OF THE PASS
oil on canvas
16 x 20 in.

Sold for $ 7,500 (hammer price) – November 2012

Henry George Glyde

NORTH FORK, SASKATCHEWAN RIVER; 1945
oil on wood panel
10 x 14 in.

Sold for $ 6,000 (hammer price) – May 2017

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