Glenn Brown

GLENN BROWN, Woman II, 2015, oil paint over acrylic, steel structure and bronze, marble base, vitrine, 38 9/16 × 13 3/4 × 13 3/4 inches (98 × 35 × 35 cm) © Glenn Brown. Photo by Mike Bruce


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Glenn Brown was born in 1966 in Northumberland, England. He studied at Norwich School of Art, the Bath College of Higher Education, and Goldsmith's College, London. Mining art history and popular culture, Brown has created an artistic language that transcends time and pictorial conventions. His mannerist impulses stem from a desire to breathe new life into the extremities of historical form. Through reference, appropriation, and investigation, he presents a contemporary reading of images new and remembered. Borrowed figures and landscapes are subjected to a thoughtful and extended process of development in which they gradually transform into compelling, exuberant entities. In sophisticated compositions that fuse diverse histories—the Renaissance, Impressionism, Surrealism—Brown creates a space where the abstract and the visceral, the rational and irrational, the beautiful and grotesque, churn in a dizzying amalgamation of reference and form

Brown’s numerous solo exhibitions include those at the Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Centre d’Art Contemporain, France (2000); Serpentine Gallery, London (2004); Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (2008); Tate Liverpool, England (2009; travelled to the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin and Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest, and Upton House, Oxfordshire, England through 2012); “Second Hand,” Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2010); Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands (2013); “Riotous Baroque: From Cattelan to Zurbaran,” Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain (2013); and “Glenn Brown and Rebecca Warren: Collected Works,” Rennie Collection at Wing Sang, Vancouver (2013). Brown was featured in the Biennale di Venezia in 2003 and the Gwangju Bienalle, Korea in 2010.

Brown currently lives and works in London and Suffolk.