Pam Glew is a contemporary British artist, best known for her distinctive bleaching technique on vintage flags and fabric. She started making artwork on flags and textiles around 2007 as a response to war, notably ‘Afghan Girl’ later appeared on the front cover of Le Monde Newspaper.
Flags, quilts and brocade are used to explore and question how identity is constructed by our place of birth and the countries we inhabit. The use of textiles; washing, dyeing and sewing cloth and images of women are used to highlight the minority of women documented in art history and also the plight of women’s rights. By dyeing the fabric a dark shade and painting freehand with bleach, the portrait slowly develops during the painting process. The fabric is bleached many times to create contrast and the material is washed each time to remove the chemicals. The result is a timeless image, which appears to emerge from the cloth.
Pam has shown worldwide in eight major solo shows and over one hundred group exhibitions, alongside such artists as Damien Hirst, Tracy Emin and Peter Blake. Her work continues to be collected by art buyers worldwide and she is frequently commissioned by large brands including Armani, Ralph Lauren, Red Bull, MTV and Microsoft. PAM GLEW WEBSITE