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.
Morgan Stanley & Co., Purchase, NY. Sensory Impact. Curated by Sarah Campbell. (On view for one year 5/1/14 – 5/1/15)
Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. American Abstract Artists. (6/14 – 7/12/2014)
American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio
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 print portfolio has been accepted into the Museum of Modern Art, Library Special Collections; New York Public Library, Special Collections; and Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Phillips Collection.
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
Sarah Moody Gallery of Art
The University of Alabama
103 Garland Hall
Dec 5 – Jan 17, 2014
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
106 S. Gay Street
Nov. 1 – 16, 2013
Upcoming Print Portfolio Exhibits
Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, Aug – Sept, 2014.
University of Mary Washington Galleries, Fredericksburg, VA, Oct – Dec, 2014.
Newcomb Art Gallery, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 2015.
Dates and additional venues are forthcoming.
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.