Christopher Brown  (American, 1951) 

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Christopher Brown (American, b.1951) is a painter who was born on the Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where his father was a doctor. At the age of three, his family moved to Ohio, where his interest for art began to peak. After the move, he encouraged his mother to enroll him in an art class that occurred every Saturday morning in the home of one of his neighbors. At the age of 13, Brown and his family relocated again, this time to Illinois. In 1973, he graduated from The University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana with a BFA in Painting. After his graduation, he enrolled in art school at the University of California in Davis, CA, where he began to examine Pop Art in American and British culture. He traveled to Europe after only one year of attending the University of California in Davis. His travels took him to Spain, where he spent a few months in Prado and Malaga. He then went on to Munich before returning to the University of California in Davis. He graduated from the university in 1976.

Brown taught at American River College in Sacramento, CA, for a while after graduating. He then moved to San Francisco in 1978. While in San Francisco, he painted and wrote art critique articles for Artweek magazine in Oakland. Some of his early paintings include The Biglin Brothers (1982) and The painter Van Dyck (within his talent and without his freedom) (1991). While working in San Francisco, he was awarded the Deutsches Akademisches Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Fellowship and returned to Munich for a year. Upon his return to San Francisco, he began to teach art at the University of California in Berkeley in 1981; he continued to teach there until 1994. The artist served as the department chair for the studio art department from 1991 to 1994.

Brown's more recent works include Steeplechase (2004), Corner (2007), Stripes and Mud (2011), and Big Hill (2011). His work has been exhibited in numerous venues all over the country, including the John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco, CA, the Center for Contemporary Art in Sacramento, CA, the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, HI, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. In 1988, he received the Award in the Visual Arts from the Equitable and Rockefeller Foundation. Brown currently lives and works in Berkeley, CA.

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Christopher Brown, Brady's Negative

 

Christopher Brown
Brady's Negative
1993

William Campbell Contemporary Art, Inc.
Christopher Brown, Sea and Rain

 

Christopher Brown
Sea and Rain
1993

William Campbell Contemporary Art, Inc.
Christopher Brown, Track and Tides

 

Christopher Brown
Track and Tides
2013

John Berggruen Gallery
Christopher Brown, Chart

 

Christopher Brown
Chart
2013

John Berggruen Gallery
Christopher Brown, Sheet Music

 

Christopher Brown
Sheet Music
Fenton Fine Arts
Christopher Brown, Dark Winter

 

Christopher Brown
Dark Winter
1991

Graystone Contemporary Art
Christopher Brown, Black and Green

 

Christopher Brown
Black and Green
2013

John Berggruen Gallery
Christopher Brown, Train Study #1

 

Christopher Brown
Train Study #1
2012

John Berggruen Gallery
Christopher Brown, Tournament

 

Christopher Brown
Tournament
2012

John Berggruen Gallery
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Christopher Brown, Untitled

 

Christopher Brown
Untitled, 1991
monotype and acrylic

 

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Christopher Brown, The Farmer's Almanac

 

Christopher Brown
The Farmer's Almanac, 1994
spit-bite and soap-ground aquatints w/soft-ground etching

 

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Christopher Brown, Pasture

 

Christopher Brown
Pasture, 1986
oil on canvas

 

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1951   Born in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
1972   University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, B.F.A.
1974 - 1975   Mary C. McLellan Scholarship for independent study and travel in Europe
1973 - 1976   Regents’ Fellowship, University of California, Davis
1976   University of California, Davis, M.F.A.
1978 - 1979   DAAD Grant, guest artist affiliation with the Academy of Art in Munich
1979   National Endowment for the Arts Special Projects Grant in Art Criticism
1981   National Endowment for the Arts Special Projects Grant in Art Criticism
1984   Regents’ Junior Faculty Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley
1985   Eureka Fellowship, The Mortimer Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco, CA
1986   Award in the Visual Arts, given by the Equitable and Rockefeller Foundations with partial support from the National Endowment for the Arts
1987   National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Painting
1988   American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Art
2008   John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, California
2006   John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005   Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, California
2004   Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID; Rail Variations -solo
John Berggruen Gallery, San Fransisco, CA -solo
Paulson Press, Berkeley, California
2002   John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA -solo
2001   Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID -solo
Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO -solo
Paul Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
San Jose Museum of Art, "Prints from Paulson Press"
2001   Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO - solo
2000   Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA-solo
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art "The Anderson Collection", San Francisco, CA
Achenbach Foundation, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, "Prints from the Anderson Collection", San Francisco, CA
Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek Art Center, "Abstraction from Raucous to Refined", Walnut Creek, CA
1999   Campbell Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CA -solo
Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Palo Alto Art Center "The Great Novel Exhibition" Palo Alto, CA
Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY
1998   Huntington Museum, Huntington, WV -solo
Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY -solo
Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
1997   Minneapolis Institute of Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN -solo
Friesen Gallery, Celebrating Ten Years, Sun Valley, ID
1995 - 1996   Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, History and Memory: Paintings by Christopher Brown, Fort Worth, TX -solo
Traveled exhibition, selected venues:
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Edward Thorp Gallery, Christopher Brown - Recent Paintings, New York, NY
1989 - 1990   Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 10 + 10: Contemporary Soviet and American Painters, Fort Worth, TX
Traveled exhibition, selected venues:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.
Artist's Union Hall of the Tretyakov Embankment, Moscow
Tsentralnyi Zystavochnyi Zal, Leningrad
1988   Award Recipients' Exhibition, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1985 - 1986   Madison Art Center, The Painted Room, Madison, WI -solo
Traveled exhibition, selected venues:
Matrix Gallery, University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA
University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
Art Gallery, University of California, Irvine, CA
   Albright, Thomas, "Fresh Paint", Artnews, September, 1982
   Boettiger, Susan, "Fresh Paint, New Fingerprints", San Francisco Chronicle,June 27, 1982
   Kelley, Jeff, "Christopher Brown", Arts, September, 1980
   Fischer, Hal, "Christopher Brown", Artforum, February, 1980
   "Introductions", San Francisco Examiner, July 14, 1977
   Tamblyn, Christine, "Christopher Brown", Artnews, November, 1991
   Moser, Charlotte, "Ambivalence Toward Painting", Artweek, Sept. 27, 1990
   Bonetti, David, "The Elements of Fine Painting", San Francisco Examiner, September 8, 1990
   Jan, Alfred, "Christopher Brown", Flash Art, January-February, 1988
   Berkson, Bill, "Christopher Brown", Artforum, January, 1988
   Baker, Kenneth, "Christopher Brown", San Francisco Chronicle", October 23,1987
   Baker, Kenneth, "A Bay Area Biennial", San Francisco Chronicle, November 9, 1986
   Branson, Jamie, "Autobiographical Landscapes", Artweek, November 23, 1985
   Albright, Thomas, "Christopher Brown", Artnews, May, 1985
   Albright, Thomas, "Christopher Brown", Artnews, May, 1983
   Baker, Kenneth, San Francisco Chronicle, Review, April 24, 2004. E10
   Nahas, Dominique, "Christopher Brown at Edward Thorp Gallery", Review, June 1, 1998, pp. 11-12
   Ollman, Leah, "Christopher Brown at San Jose Museum of Art and Palo Alto
   Cultural Center, Art News, October 1995, p. 155
   Smith, Roberta. Review. The New York Times, June 2, 1995
   Whiting, Sam. “Brushing up on History” San Francisco Chronicle, May 6, 1995.
   Baker, Kenneth, “Christopher Brown’s Paintings.”, San Francisco Chronicle, October 21, 1993
   Tromble, Meredith, “Christopher Brown”, San Francisco Focus, September, 1993
   Johnson, Ken, “Christopher Brown at Edward Thorp”, Art in America, November, 1992, p. 139
   De Vuono, Frances, "Christopher Brown", Artnews, March, 1992, p.139