I simply want to represent black women in my work but through my vision. I want to create work that helps black women focus on a more positive narrative of themselves rather than negative. My work is an imagined examination of the different ways black women can be presented in art while also including a realistic sense of relatability.
Tiffani Glenn, (b. 1985) shares her works of Black women depicted through lighthearted, stylized illustrations and paintings. Throughout her pieces, Black women are revered in a positive light—animated, lovely, and vibrant. She aims to dispel negative stereotypes that Black women and marginalized groups often find themselves confronted with. Glenn’s focus is to bring joy and perspective while ultimately encouraging self-love.
Inspired by the style of Ernie Barnes and Lisa Yusakvage, she often uses brightly colored acrylics, oils, and pastels along with ink, charcoal, and graphite. Due to her background in Media Arts & Animation (BFA, 2007), Glenn's artistic style utilizes the facial features of Black women mixed with a pinch of exaggeration to create expressive images—inviting Black women to find pieces of themselves in her work. Glenn's artwork has been shown in exhibitions and galleries in the U.S., including Art Basel in Miami, FL with Pointe Comfort/Hampton Art Lovers Gallery in 2021. Her work was concurrently featured in a two-page spread in the highly celebrated Create! Magazine. In 2022, renowned fashion photographer and artist Nick Knight invited Glenn to contribute some fashion inspired illustrations for London Fashion Week to his SHOWStudio gallery space. He also invited her to be a part of a collaborative project released in July 2022 called Bodies of Knowledge.
When she isn't creating, Glenn loves spending time with her husband and two children in Riverview, FL where she and her family reside. She hopes her ambitious, inspirational, and colorful pieces will one day lead her to the halls of international galleries and museums worldwide.