Glenn Brown continues Upton's Year of Art 2012

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Works by the celebrated British artist, Glenn Brown, are on exhibition at Upton from 2 September 2012 to 6 January 2013.

The Turner Prize nominated artist, who usually displays his work at major galleries in Europe and the USA, will showcase several new pieces in Upton’s picture gallery before taking them to New York’s Gagosian Gallery.

A fresh look at Old Masters

Glenn Brown is one of the few artists of his generation to be genuinely interested in painting and art history. He takes inspiration for his striking paintings and sculptures from living and historical artists including Rembrandt, Fragonard, Auerbach, Dali and the sci-fi landscapes of Chris Foss.

This makes Upton, with its world class collection of Old Masters paintings, a particularly interesting venue for the exhibition.

Brown reworks scanned reproductions of artists' work, distorting, stretching and pulling, to create something else entirely.

‘It’s impossible to make a painting that is not borrowed – even the images in your dreams refer to reality.’ Glenn Brown


Brown uses very fine brushes and many layers of thinned paint to produce paintings that are as smooth as the page of a glossy magazine, but with a compelling, three-dimensional quality.


Using a base of metal or fibreglass, Brown uses thick paint as a constructive medium to build up three-dimensional forms with the same flourishing swirls of colour that are characteristic of his paintings.

Glenn Brown at Upton

The exhibition at Upton, curated by Meadow Arts, premiers new works as well as several pieces from Brown’s personal collection that have not been displayed publicly before.

Brown's work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions including at the Serpentine Gallery, London, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, and the Tate Liverpool which travelled onward to Turin and Budapest.

Born in Northumberland in 1966 Brown studied at Norwich School of Art, the Bath College of Higher Education and Goldsmith's College, London. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2000.