Colin Brown

Colin Brown's mixed media paintings are a fascinating blend of pseudo-chaos and absolute control. His densely packed compositions of found images, attention grabbing headlines, advertising logos and paint splatter are so finely tuned that they manage to achieve something truly miraculous. Rather than a surface bombardment of imagery and text the mind actually slows down and moves into the work. The fluid process of collage has allowed the artist the highest degree of structure in the composition.

The overall balance in the work encourages the viewer to be still and consider each element, colour, form and word association as the eye is lead into the layered surface. The "busy" facade is deceptive and insightful, displaying a greater understanding of the dynamics of Pop Art and Dada than simple imitation or repetition.

Brown's work offers an alternative to the multitude of images and text that demand our attention on a daily basis, reinventing them as a mechanism for thought rather than consumption. Viewing the artist's work feels like a journey rather than instant gratification - which is the real source of its potency. With their layerings and overpainting, Colin Brown's works suggest concealed, even riddlesome messages. Through a coating of dark varnish something archaic is suggested in many compositions, even though the pictorial components clearly derive from the present.

Colin Brown has an established and ongoing record of research and creative practice. Over the past twenty four years he has built up a strong international career profile, with regular exhibitions of his paintings throughout the UK, Europe and America.

He has spent periods of time living and painting in Europe - including a four month stay in Florence and four years in Düsseldorf.

His paintings have received a number of awards, most notably a major Artist's Grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York in 1996.

In his current work Brown pulls together random elements and fragments into closely controlled compositions. The paintings, which run a fine line between impulse and calculation, continuously shift context and meaning. Rather than attempting to realise a predetermined concept, his work follows a specific process which allows the painting to emerge through its' implementation.

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