Glenn Brown (born 1966) is a British artist whose work encompasses paintings, sculptures, and etchings. Brown’s signature style features appropriated artwork based on historical references into new images in what appears to be an impasto technique, in which the original image is transformed into a textured, distorted, resized, or re-colored new image. Sometimes described as ‘grotesque’ distortions, his artwork often references several artists at once, either living or dead. Brown’s technique of applying thin, swirling brushstrokes to canvas creates the illusion of three-dimensional texture, though his paintings are typically glossy and flat, reminiscent of a photograph rather than a painting. Brown was nominated for the 2000 Turner Prize, and his work has been featured in several solo exhibitions at galleries in France, England, Vienna, Turin, and Budapest.
Glenn Brown received his B.F.A. at the Bath School of Art and Design, later receiving his M.A. from Goldsmith’s College. His work has also been featured in many group exhibits around the work, and his appropriation art has been controversial, as the discussion continues whether using “borrowed” images constitutes true art. His techniques for preparing his canvasses have also come under scrutiny, with several critics noting that in order to prepare for a painting, Brown will utilize computer software programs to distort his images before paint touches canvas. However, Brown continues to defend his techniques, claiming that all images are essentially borrowed, whether from dreams, popular culture, or reality.
Brown’s work is currently represented by the Gagosian Gallery in New York and London, the Patrick Painter Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin.