Glenn Brown: Etchings (Portraits)

Karsten Schubert Gallery
Text by John-Paul Stonard, 2009
Softback 56 pp, 22 colour ill pages
Publisher: Ridinghouse
ISBN: 978 1 905464 21 0
Dimensions: 30 × 24.5 cm
Exhibition catalogue produced in 2009 on the occasion of the exhibition
Glenn Brown: Etchings (Portraits) at Karsten Schubert, 5–8 Lower John Street, London
24 February – 8 May 2009

Best known and celebrated for his painting, Glenn Brown’s new etchings are an exciting change in medium that further establish his fascination with surface texture and mark-making. 

The artist’s first ever group of etchings offers a striking approach to the portrait and its history, drawing upon portraiture of the past by repeated layering of single or multiple portraits by Urs Graf, Rembrandt and Lucien Freud.


Engaging with concepts of duplication and appropriation, the beautifully layered portraits are at once recognisable and completely unfamiliar. An essay by John-Paul Stonard accompanies reproductions of the twenty-one black and white prints.