Glyn Uzzell Biography

Glyn Uzzell




Glyn Uzzell, painter and printmaker, was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England in 1930. His formal studies were at the London Institute of Education and at Goldsmith’s College in London between 1949 and 1951.

Uzzell moved to Geneva in 1957 where he taught at the International School of Geneva and, in 1964, he co-founded the Galerie Contemporaine in Carouge, Geneva to promote the work of young artists. In 1965, he went to New York where he studied printmaking at the Art Students’ League and the following year he worked at Stanley William Hayter’s experimental Atelier 17 in Paris. He was asked in 1967 to establish and supervise the state subsidized printmaking workshop, Centre de Gravure Contemporaine de Geneve. Uzzell moved to Caramujeira, Portugal in 1979 where he set up his studio and print workshop. Of his art, he explained: “My work is greatly influenced by the environment. Subjects are alluded to but not with straightforward representation. Time, place and mood play their part in images that are ostensibly abstract but reveal a point of contact with the visual world.”

He exhibited widely, particularly in Switzerland, Germany and Portugal, where he has been associated with the Centro Cultural Sao Lourenco for more than twenty years. Uzzell’s work is included in the Museum of Art and History, Geneva; Victoria and Albert Museum; Bibliothèque nationale de France; and the ETH in Zurich.

Glyn Uzzell and his longtime partner Paul Fonck died when the gas line to their house in Lagoa, Portugal exploded on June 23, 2014.