One of Britain's most revered contemporary artists, Glenn Brown works across painting, drawing and sculpture, taking as his source material reproduced imagery from art history and popular culture to create complex and sensuous works of art.
At the core of Brown's practice is the blending of artistic periods, stylistic modes and genres. Transcending time and pictorial conventions, his work disarms common distinctions between good and bad taste, beauty and abjection, heightening the emotive tension present within. In his quotation of traditional subjects and techniques he explores the expressive potential of his materials and expands the limits of representation.
For his exhibition at the Musée Delacroix this October, Brown will present new works, with an emphasis on drawing, as well as a large sculpture, inspired by Delacroix, among other artists. Sharing a dedication and enthusiasm for draughtsmanship with Delacroix as a means for investigation and innovation, Brown has been pursuing drawing as an autonomous form of expression since 2013.
With flowing forms and fluid energetic lines, Brown captures the potential and freedom of the medium in his richly layered drawings. Presenting the works in ornate period frames, he creates drawings in response to the colour, design and detail of each, thus adding a further layer of interpretation and inventiveness to the mix of historical references.
Engaging with the ennobled subjects of portraiture and nature, themes also explored by Delacroix, Brown transposes the work of his predecessor into his own complex and unique artistic language.
This exhibition is organised by Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris and Berlin, and will be on show during the FIAC International Art Fair.