American artist Glen Orbik was a master of the ‘Pulp Noir’ genre, which combines the classic chiaroscuro feel of 1940s film noir with a brilliantly nuanced sense of comic book unreality. His dramatic narrative images, which brim with retro urban style, are strangely elegant tributes to a bygone age.
Glen grew up in Nevada and later moved to California. He attended the California Art Institute and studied under the school’s founder and renowned illustrator Fred Fixler. When Fixler eventually retired Orbik took over teaching figure drawing classes at the Institute, a post he held until his death in 2015.