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John Berggruen Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent paintings by Christopher Brown. This exhibition opens Thursday, May 30th, and will run through Saturday, July 6th.

Christopher Brown, an artist who lives in Berkeley and whose work has long been a favorite nationally as well as in the Bay Area, sets forth his most recent body of work.  The paintings, most of which measure 45” x 30”, are acrylic and mixed media on paper mounted on board.

Brown’s work has always most notably been about the relationship between representation and abstraction, but these latest paintings mark a milestone in Christopher Brown’s evolution as an artist.  While he has taken a turn further towards abstraction, these paintings still have a distinct atmospheric quality recognizable in all his work.  There is still a representational quality to them, but it is clear that he discovered a liberation from the confines of the figurative space. 

Drawing from a diverse pallet, Mr. Brown fills his paintings with emphatic strokes of bright color.  Relating to the landscape around him, Brown depicts scenes from his daily life, interpreting them with a new flare and adding to them dimensions not apparent in his earlier work.  This is Mr. Brown’s first show at The John Berggruen Gallery.

Born in 1951 in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Brown was educated at the University of Illinois where he earned his B.F.A.  He went on to earn his M.F.A. in 1976 at the University of California, Davis.  Christopher Brown is featured in a number of internationally recognized public and private collections.  These include The San Jose Museum of Art, The Palm Springs Desert Art Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern art, Coca Cola Corporation, Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, and The New York Public Library.

An opening reception will be held for the artist on Thursday, May 30th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.