in Kenya in 1940, Robert Glen’s interest in art and natural
history began at an early age. At sixteen years old, he was accepted
to serve an apprenticeship in taxidermy at the renowned studio of
Coloman Jonas in Denver, Colorado. It was then that his interest
in sculpture was born. Returning home after three years of training,
he began a transition from taxidermy to sculpting animals in the
European tradition of animaliers, working in various media before
casting his first bronze in 1970.
then, Robert Glen’s work has met with great success. His sculptures
reside in many private collections including those of Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II, His Highness the Aga Khan, and the late Kenyan
President Jomo Kenyatta. He has also held many one man shows in
the USA, Canada, England, Monte Carlo, Spain and South Africa.
Robert Glen's public commissions include one of Texas’s proudest
monuments and one of the largest equestrian sculptures in history—the
Mustangs of Las Colinas. This impressive work, depicting nine mustang
horses galloping through water, is one and a half times lifesize.
1990, Robert Glen completed another monumental equestrian sculpture—two
horsemen that are one and a half times lifesize—for the City
of San Jose, to commemorate the raising of the first American flag
Robert Glen at work in his studio.
Glen works on the plasticine model of a lifesize impala. Photograph
by S. Sabella.