Cecily Brown, British (1969 - )

Cecily Brown

Cecily Brown, born 1969 in London, is a British painter. Her style displays the influences of Francisco de Goya, Nicolas Poussin, Willem de Kooning, and Joan Mitchell while incorporating into her works her distinct female view point. Brown lives and works in New York City.

1985 - 1987 B-TEC Diploma in Art and Design, Epsom School of Art, Surrey, England
1989 - 1993 BA in Fine Arts (First Class Honors), Slade School of Art, London

Selected Exhibitions

2006 Des Moines Art Center, Iowa
2005 Paintings, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim.
2005 Paintings, Modern Art Oxford, England.
2005 Recent Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, New York ( Chelsea).
2004 Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin.
2004 Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid.
2004 Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna
2003 MACRO (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma), Rome.
2003 Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
2002 Directions—Cecily Brown, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture
2002 Garden, Washington, D.C.
2002 Gagosian Gallery, New York
2001 Days of Heaven, Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin
2001 Szenenwechsel XIX, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
2000 Emotional Rescue: The Contemporary Art Project Collection, Center on Contemporary Art Seattle
2000 Gagosian Gallery New York (SoHo), NY
2000 Serenade, Victoria Miro Gallery London
2000 The Skin Game, Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills, CA
2000 Deitch Projects New York, NY
1999 At Century's End: The John P. Morrissey Collection of 90's Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art Lake Worth, FL
1999 Facts & Fictions: La nuova pittura internazionale tra immaginario e realtà: New York, Galleria in Arco Turin, Italy
1999 Pleasure Dome, Jessica Fredericks Gallery New York, NY
1999 Vertical Painting, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center Long Island City, NY
1997 Janice Guy Gallery New York, NY
1997 Deitch Projects New York (Storefront Gallery), NY
1996 Taking Stock, curated by Kenny, New York, NY
1995 Eagle Gallery London
1994 The Fete Worse Than Death, Laurent Delaye London
1994 Contemporary View 1990, National Competition for British Art Students sponsored by Christie's. Winner of First Prize

Brown's work has attracted the attention of private art collectors including Elton John and Michael Ovitz. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of several important museums and institutions including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, in Buffalo, New York, and the Des Moines Art Center, in Des Moines, Iowa. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, Tate Gallery, London, UK

Having moved from London to New York in the mid 1990s, Cecily Brown has a studio in Manhattan from which she creates painterly paintings, some with elements of landscape. Much of her early work had overtly sexual imagery, but her painting in the early 21st century verges on the pastoral although she says she has an ongoing interest in the figurative.

Brown was raised in a suburb of London by her mother Shena Mackay and Robin Brown whom she thought was her father. But later she learned that her father was David Sylvester, British art historian and critic, whom her mother often took her to visit. He and Cecily became close friends, and when she was 22, she learned from her mother that Sylvester was her father.

She attended Slade School in London and took lessons from the painter Maggi Hambling and also used his studio. She began her paintings with sexual themes, but felt like a misfit in London. In 1994, she moved to New York and took a job as an animator for a commercial film maker. In 1997, she had an exhibit of her early signature works with raucous color and copulating bunnies. From there she moved to erotic imagery with humans.

She is also working on monotypes and creates drawings based on Old Master paintings.

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