Born in 1950, Glennray Tutor grew up the small town of Kennett, Missouri, a few hours north of Memphis, where he began oil painting as a teenager. At a young age Tutor became fascinated with comic books and book jacket art, especially the work of artists such as Norman Rockwell and Joe Kubert. As a teenager he discovered the art of Dali, Ernst, and Vermeer among others, however never saw an actual oil painting, other than his own, until he was 17 when he visited The Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis. Tutor later attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford, where he received his BA and, later in 1976, his MFA in painting.
Tutor’s photo-realist oeuvre consists of colorful still-lifes, arranged by the artist, of collected items such as mason jars, fireworks, toys and marbles, among other things. Tutor’s images hold a deeper, personal meaning to him, portraying important metaphors and binary relationships, like that of adult and child.
Tutor’s paintings have garnered worldwide recognition and exhibition, and have been acquired by many major collectors, corporations, and museums. He has also illustrated numerous book covers for acclaimed authors. Glennray Tutor currently lives and works in Oxford, Mississippi where he also enjoys listening to and performing music.