GLENN
BROWN

Grotesque yet fascinating figures

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Glenn Brown (born 1966) is a British artist. He is known for the use of art historical references in his paintings. Starting with reproductions from other artist's works, Brown transforms the appropriated image by changing its colour, position, and size. His grotesque yet fascinating figures appear to be painted with thick impasto but are actually executed through the application of thin, swirling brushstrokes which create the illusion of almost photographically flat surfaces. The effect is powerful–often unsettling–creating an artistic language that transcends time and pictorial conventions. Brown sees these appropriations and oppositions as key to his approach.

In the last few years, Brown has extensively embraced drawing. Still conceptually rooted to art historical references, he stretches, combines, distorts and layers images to create subtle yet complex line-based works.

His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and is currently represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York and London and, Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin and Paris.

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Glenn Brown (born 1966) is a British artist. He is known for the use of art historical references in his paintings. Starting with reproductions from other artist's works, Brown transforms the appropriated image by changing its colour, position, and size. His grotesque yet fascinating figures appear to be painted with thick impasto but are actually executed through the application of thin, swirling brushstrokes which create the illusion of almost photographically flat surfaces. The effect is powerful–often unsettling–creating an artistic language that transcends time and pictorial conventions. Brown sees these appropriations and oppositions as key to his approach.

In the last few years, Brown has extensively embraced drawing. Still conceptually rooted to art historical references, he stretches, combines, distorts and layers images to create subtle yet complex line-based works.

His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and is currently represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York and London and, Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin and Paris.

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Glenn Brown (born 1966) is a British artist. He is known for the use of art historical references in his paintings. Starting with reproductions from other artist's works, Brown transforms the appropriated image by changing its colour, position, and size. His grotesque yet fascinating figures appear to be painted with thick impasto but are actually executed through the application of thin, swirling brushstrokes which create the illusion of almost photographically flat surfaces. The effect is powerful–often unsettling–creating an artistic language that transcends time and pictorial conventions. Brown sees these appropriations and oppositions as key to his approach.

In the last few years, Brown has extensively embraced drawing. Still conceptually rooted to art historical references, he stretches, combines, distorts and layers images to create subtle yet complex line-based works.

His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and is currently represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York and London and, Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin and Paris.

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