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
Mining art history and popular culture, Glenn 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.
Glenn Brown was born in 1966 in Northumberland, England. He studied at the Norwich School of Art, England; Bath College of Higher Education, England; and Goldsmiths College, University of London, England. Brown’s work has been included in numerous group and solo museum exhibitions. Recent solo shows include Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Centre d’Art Contemporain, France (2000); Künstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf (2001); Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (2008); Tate Liverpool, England (2009, traveled to Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Italy; and Museum Ludwig, Budapest, through 2010); Upton House, England (2012); “Conversation Piece V,” Frans Hals Museum, the Netherlands (2013–14); Des Moines Art Center, Iowa (2016); “Glenn Brown/Vincent Van Gogh,” Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles, France (2016); Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2016); “Glenn Brown/Rembrandt: After Life,” Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam (2017); and “Piaceri Sconosciuti,” Museo Stefano Bardini, Florence (2017).
Brown’s work was included in the 50th Biennale di Venezia in 2003 and the Gwangju Biennale, Korea, in 2010.
Brown currently lives and works in London.