Brown, Glenn

Glenn Brown (born 1966 in Hexham, Northumberland) 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 He is known for the use of art historical references in his paintings.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, Glenn 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.

There are fewer sculptures than paintings in Brown‘s oeuvre, but they nevertheless form a central point of his practice. They are created by accumulating thick layers of oil paint over acrylic and fibreglass structures, or over found bronze sculptures. Brown‘s sculptures stand in stark contrast to his flat paintings, deliberately emphasizing the three-dimensional quality of oil brushstrokes.

In the last few years, Glenn 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 Still conceptually rooted to art historical references, he stretches, combines, distorts and layers images to create subtle yet complex line-based works. He works with Indian ink, acrylic and oil paint on a variety of papers and panels.

His work is represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York and London and Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin and Paris.

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Image credit: Edgar Laguinia

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