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Christopher Brown Little Yellowstone, 2018

Christopher Brown
Little Yellowstone, 2018
Oil on linen
12 x 36 inches
 

Christopher Brown Floor Plan (a Revision), 2018

Christopher Brown
Floor Plan (a Revision), 2018
Oil on linen
65 x 65 inches
 

Christopher Brown Pool, 2017

Christopher Brown
Pool, 2017
Oil on linen
30 x 45 inches
 

Christopher Brown Waves, 2013

Christopher Brown
Waves, 2013
Oil on linen
20 x 20 inches
 

Christopher Brown Canadian Rockets, 2019

Christopher Brown
Canadian Rockets, 2019
Oil on linen
22 x 30 inches

Christopher Brown Eighty-five Bucks, 2017

Christopher Brown
Eighty-five Bucks, 2017
Oil on linen
30 x 30 inches
 

Christopher Brown History of a Long March, 1988

Christopher Brown
History of a Long March, 1988
Oil on canvas
96 x 96 inches
 

Christopher Brown Rough Water, 2017

Christopher Brown
Rough Water, 2017
Oil on canvas
12 x 16 inches
 

Christopher Brown Horse and Rider, 2017

Christopher Brown
Horse and Rider, 2017
Oil on linen mounted on board
11 x 14 inches

Christopher Brown

Christopher Brown
Along the Wall of Stones, 2017
Oil on linen
75 x 70 inches

Christopher Brown Woods, 2016

Christopher Brown
Woods, 2016
Oil on canvas
75 x 80 inches

Christopher Brown China Hats, 1987

Christopher Brown
China Hats, 1987
Acrylic on canvas
87 x 72 inches

Christopher Brown Train Study #1, 2012

Christopher Brown
Train Study #1, 2012
Oil on canvas
10 x 60 inches

Biography

Christopher Brown was born in 1951 in Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in North Carolina, where his father, Bruce, was a doctor. When he was three, his family moved to Ohio, and his interest in art began to bud. He had his mother to enroll him in Saturday morning art classes in a neighbor's home; an interest in art is among Brown's earliest memories. Painting for Brown continues to be connected with the formation and sensation of memory; that moment in his childhood during the move to Ohio, when harmony was disrupted just as his conceptualization of the world began. When Brown was 13, his family moved again, this time to Illinois. His father became the student-health director at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where Brown attended college and majored in painting. After he graduated in 1973, he went to art school at the University of California at Davis. The faculty included Thiebaud, Wiley, Roy De Forest, Robert Arneson, Manuel Neri and Roland Peterson. At Davis, Brown began to think seriously about the concept of Pop Art in Great Britain as well as in America. To Brown, this concept meant both the presence-absence of the media image, the tension between its immediacy and yet its distance from us and from the reality to which it refers. After the first year at Davis, he took a year off and went to Europe on a grant from the University of Illinois. He spent several months in Spain, visiting the Prado, settling briefly in Malaga. Brown then went to Munich, where he spent most of the winter. Brown returned to Davis, where he graduated in 1976. After his graduation Brown spent five years on the move. First he moved to Woodland, an old farming community outside of Davis, where he taught part-time at American River College in Sacramento. Then in 1978, he moved to San Francisco, where he not only painted but also wrote art criticism for Artweek magazine in Oakland. Then, with a DAAD (Deutsches Akademisches Austausch Dienst) Fellowship awarded through the Fulbright Program, he went back to Munich for a year. He returned to San Francisco after being awarded the second of his two art critic's grants by the National Endowment for the Arts and went on to teach in the studio art department of the University of California at Berkeley in 1981 where he taught until 1994, and was Department Chair from 1990-1994. Brown currently lives and works in Berkeley, California.

Press
Christopher Brown: A Different View ArtWorks MagazineOctober 12, 2010
Press
Brown's Risky Leap Though 'Open Window' San Francisco ChronicleJune 14, 2008