BIO

Patrick N Brown was born in East Saint Louis, Illinois in 1953.  His education focused on painting, printmaking and ceramic arts at the University of Memphis, Hendrix College and Jefferson College.  His work can be found in numerous galleries in Southern California and his 2018-2019 accomplishments include being selected to the 27th Annual Athenaeum Music and Arts Juried Exhibition in La Jolla, CA and the 2019 William D Cannon Juried Biennial in Carlsbad CA.  In October 2018 he was selected to be part of the group show Positivity at Art Share LA in Los Angeles, CA.  In 2019 he will be featured in the opening of Fresh Paint Gallery in La Jolla, CA as well as The Studio Door in Hillcrest San Diego, CA.  Patrick is a member of The Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery in Escondido, The Oceanside Museum of Art in Oceanside CA, The Artist Alliance at OMA, VisualAIDS in NYC and the Frank Moore Archives in NYC.  Patrick contributes numerous paintings and time raising money and awareness for the healing powers of art both locally and nationally.  He lives and works in Escondido, California and is represented by Fresh Paint Gallery in La Jolla, California.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT              

The process and result of making art means more to me than the creation of a beautiful object or pleasing replication of an image.  As with life not all images realistic or abstract are always pleasant.  As an artist I expose myself to an audience that looks for something in my work to identify with.  My portrait work reveals a deep part of who I am and introduces the viewer to countless strangers and the stories they tell.   My political art as a form of commentary on societal issues goes back to the days of standing up in protest against the Vietnam War.  Art as a form of protest and enlightenment provides a platform to express feelings that might otherwise be censored.  My art is driven by the social and political world around me sometimes objective other times completely abstract and conceptual.  The process of my art comes from years of experimentation, repetition and countless hours of practice.  It is this process that brings meaning and joy to my life.  The work of making art is never a burden nor do I tire from the continuous search of learning.

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