FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Stephen Brown: RECENT PAINTINGS
July 2- August 14, 2004
Reception: Friday, July 2, 6:00 – 8:00 pm


Forum Gallery
8069 Beverly Blvd. (at Crescent Heights Blvd.), Los Angeles, California 90046
Contact: Niccolò Brooker
Telephone: (323) 655-1550, Fax: (323) 655-1565
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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Stephen Brown, “Rush”, 2002-04, oil on wood 10 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches

Los Angeles, CA - On July 2, Forum Gallery will present the first west coast exhibition of the painter Stephen Brown. Stephen Brown: Recent Paintings will feature portraits of Brown’s family members, mentors and friends along with still lifes and landscape paintings. Using color and light as the compositional unifier for his paintings, Brown guides his viewers to find beauty in simple, everyday objects, in suffering, in the contours of a face, in the ubiquitous line of the horizon, and even in death.

By choosing highly personal subjects, Stephen Brown allows the viewer to see beneath the surface to the complexity of the whole person and there is a unique clarity and honesty to the view we are given. His paintings are small in size and carefully focused, but they have an emotional power and impact that rivals the largest, most elaborate canvases. This power is derived from Brown’s ability to perceive his subjects not just as what they are, but as what they have lived through.

In his choice of still life subjects, Brown challenges his viewer to find beauty in the ordinary. Brown arranges potatoes on an everyday plate, sitting unceremoniously on a shelf, but we notice the way the light illuminates their shape, their lack of pretension, and their simplicity. Suddenly we can locate beauty in objects that we might never have stopped to take notice of before.

Colorado, where Brown was born and raised, is the subject of many of his landscape paintings. The vibrant colors seen throughout his landscapes are the result of the complex process of layering color until the right intensity is achieved. The product is color so deep and rich it seems to resonate with life. There is an ominous darkness in the clouds, but where the light illuminates their nebulae, they are beautiful. A closer look at the definition of the clouds reveals that Brown’s brushwork is amazingly controlled and accurate.

Stephen Brown finds artistic inspiration in the work of George Inness, Edward Hopper and Jack Beal. He is a recipient of the Academy Award for Painting from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY and of the Benjamin Altman Award for landscape from the National Academy of Design, NY. His work is in the collections of the Hofstra Museum, Hempstead, NY; The Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT; The Albany Museum, Albany, GA; The Speed Museum, Louisville, KY; and the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT.

Stephen Brown: Recent Paintings opens with a reception on July 2 from 6:00- 8:00 pm, and will be on view through August 14, 2004.



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