MARK BROWN: ARTIST STATEMENT
The new work I have chosen to exhibit in Unscripted consists of collages constructed of cut paper painted with acrylic polymer, and oil paintings on wooden panels. The impetus for this ongoing series originated in a 2004 walk in snowy woods near my studio, where I observed leafless trees against a gray winter sky. Shortly thereafter I was introduced to Franz Schubert’s song cycle Die Winterreise, which suggested a musical analogue for the atmosphere my series embodies. In 2011 I began to use the Roman arch as a thematic ‘armature’ for my current applications.
It would be expedient but inaccurate to define my work in Unscripted with what it is not: not political, not provisional, not academic, etc. I can describe it as rigorous, unwavering and hard-won. What it is for me, in process and essence, is necessary.
The bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. –Chinese proverb
MARK BROWN: BIOGRAPHY
Mark Brown is an abstract painter. He has exhibited his work nationally and is collected internationally. Brown has received grants and awards from The Artist Fellowship, Inc, the Adolph and Esther Gottleib Foundation (EMG), The Vermont Studio Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Durham, NC Arts Council, Kent State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was the featured interview at geoform.net, an online scholarly resource and curatorial project whose focus is the use of geometric form and structure in contemporary abstract art being made by artists from around the world. He has served on several artist grant and MFA panels. His work has been reviewed in artdaily.org, The Spectator, Art Matters, The Independent, The Philadelphia Inquirer, artblog, the Raleigh News & Observer, The Winston-Salem Journal, The Durham Herald-Sun, The Duke Chronicle, Walter magazine and other publications.
Brown holds a BA in printmaking from the University of Kentucky and an MFA in painting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives with his wife artist Cathy Kiffney and best buddy Australian Shepherd Koz in Chapel Hill, NC.