Casey McGlynn’s paintings are visual composites of autobiography and collective memory, at once literal and endlessly symbolic. Highly referential images—animals, people, popular media, textual documents—narrate scenes from the artist’s life while also prompting the viewer’s imagination through allegory and archetype. Working with a combination of techniques, McGlynn imbues this timeless visual repertoire with contemporary life: adventurous explorations of colour, humour, and satire are delivered with what Gary Michael Dault, writing for the Globe and Mail, called “a warm and somehow compassionate abandon.” Indeed, McGlynn’s compositions capture life’s chaos while also allowing his viewer the contemplative space to insert his or her own story.
In keeping with the artist’s multi-representational approach,McGlynn's 2015 exhibition borrowed its title from the impressive canvas ‘Horse Looking Back’—a characteristically stoic horse figure that the artist calls a "vessel" for his multiple influences—but also refers to McGlynn’s consistent passion for visual storytelling over a 20 year long career.
McGlynn’s works can be found in a number of private and public collections in both Canada and the US.