Glenn Brown


In paintings and sculptures completed over the last three years, including some of his largest works to date, Glenn Brown confronts traditional subjects of still life and portraiture. With characteristically fleshy textures beneath remarkably flat and glossy surfaces, the scenes evoke traditional memento mori. 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.

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ISBN:

9780847845644

Format:

Hardback

Pages:

144

Dimensions:

26cm x 32cm

RRP:

$180.00

Publisher:

Rizzoli International

Published:

01 July 2015

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Glenn Brown