About the Artist


Henry Brown’s paintings are mechanically drawn geometric abstractions. He forms his imagery from structural schematics constructed with compass and ruler. The schematics are developed from small sketches and then drawn directly on the gessoed canvases. Henry Brown paints the images, but leaves the underdrawings visible to show the substructure, planning and execution of his artwork.

The artist uses mechanical drafting techniques and paints with flat unmodulated color. Yet Henry Brown retains a handmade quality in his artwork, seen in the knifed finish of the gessoed layers, variations in pencil lines and eccentricities of the painted edges.

His imagery appears to be fixed spatially, but visual perception triggers sensations of movement. Depth shifts as surfaces advance and recede. Henry Brown animates the surfaces of his abstract paintings with systems of perspective, dynamic structures, and changing figure-ground relationships.


Entire, Endless
FiveMyles, Brooklyn, NY
Curated by Rachel Nackman
Nov 21 – Dec 20, 2015

AAA 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio (Traveling Exhibition)
Suraci Gallery, Marywood University, Scranton, PA
Sept 8 – Oct 18, 2015

Small Works Baruch
Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, New York, NY
Mar 26 – May 7, 2015

Sensory Impact
Morgan Stanley & Co., Purchase, NY
May 1, 2014 – May 1, 2015

Sideshow Nation III: Circle The Wagons!!!
Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Jan 10 – Mar 15, 2015

American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio

Limitless 2012
Limitless 2012, 9.75" x 12.75"

Henry Brown participated in the American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio. It is comprised of 9.75 x 12.75 inch archival inkjet prints. The edition size is 75 prints, one printer’s proof and 10 artist’s proofs. It was printed by SupremeDigital in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY using Epson UltraChrome K3 pigment inks and Epson Hot Pressed Natural and Epson Cold Pressed Natural paper.

The Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is organizing a traveling exhibition for this edition. The exhibit will travel through 2016. A catalog accompanies the exhibition. The location information and dates are updated in the printing for each venue.

AAA 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio Exhibitions

Marywood University
Scranton, PA
Sept 8 – Oct 18, 2015

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery
Nashville, TN.
Jan 15 – Feb 27, 2015

University of Mary Washington Galleries
Fredericksburg, VA.
Oct 10 – Dec 10, 2014.

Sarah Moody Gallery of Art
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL
Dec 5 – Jan 17, 2014

Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts
Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA.
Aug 27 – Sept 27, 2014.

Downtown Gallery
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN.
Nov. 1 – 16, 2013

Dates and additional venues are forthcoming.

Recent Exhibits

News About Henry Brown: recent exhibitions include Dynamic Splendor, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT; Banned in D.C., Ventana244 Art Space, Brooklyn, NY; Sideshow Nation 2: At the Alamo, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY; Working It Out, The Painting Center, New York, NY; and American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary at ParisCONCRET in Paris, France.