Brian Brown: Surreal Oil Paintings

Flamingos - Painting by Brian Brown

American Brian Brown (based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) uses traditional oil-on-canvas techniques in his paintings. He grew up near an Air Force base in Texas, and this is evident in his imagery through the airplanes that frequently appear in the background. Other than occasional comments on his online gallery, he doesn’t appear to have an artist’s statement (“The artist proudly affirms that there is no required reading for any work appearing in this exhibition,” says the listing for one of his past gallery shows) and leaves his work up for interpretation.

The paintings combine a realistic aesthetic with surreal subjects. The human figures and props in the paintings are naturalistic, but the overall effect ranges from hyper-realism (such as showing the wrinkles in a subject’s skin in detail) to a style that nearly looks like art deco travel posters. Strange touches (like a dinosaur in the far background of Praise of Folly, a work that features the artist’s grandmother as a model, or a fish in the middle of a field in Ground Fire) add to the surreal effect.

The Beach Party - Painting by Brian Brown Ground Fire - Painting by Brian Brown Mitch and Darcy - Painting by Brian Brown Girls Night - Painting by Brian Brown Flight - Painting by Brian Brown Flamingos - Painting by Brian Brown Kiss Me Kate - Painting by Brian Brown Dulce et Decorum Est - Painting by Brian Brown Praise of Folly - Painting by Brian Brown Homemade Airplanes - Painting by Brian Brown

Tom is a writer, artist, and multi-media guru from Pennsylvania, U.S. He holds a Master's in Journalism and Mass Communication, but he has also taken several university-level courses in fine arts, art appreciation, graphic design, printmaking, and Asian art. He has been blogging for Monde Mosaic since February 2014.

1 Comment

  • Reply January 3, 2015

    Coral Templeton

    Not convinced by this work. Obviously a nod (at best) to Neo Rauch, but the winking assemblage strikes me as insincere and cloying, especially in the age of Photoshop.

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