Ian Brown

Sublime, 2021

50.5 × 40.5 cm
Fragmented landscapes emerge from bold textured responses. Baring back the pristine natural canvas allowing the imagined world to evolve.
Working in abstraction… Ian explores both the natural and man-made landscape in which we exist. His paintings push the boundaries beyond the edge of the canvas taking the viewer far beyond the literal. While appearing restrained, the mark making becomes an important aspect as layers are built to provide the depth required.
This work explores layers of heavy texture, bold acrylics incorporating hand printed collage to provide depth. On closer inspection the artwork is flat and smooth.
Sometimes the viewer is unaware of the multitude of layering, requiring a much closer inspection as the media blends towards a uniform landscape.
True colour is not necessarily an important aspect of his work as the abstracted form takes precedence.
Ian's works provide a narrative to explore the landscape with a non traditional edge.
Ian exhibits in both solo and group shows. Ian currently the Vice President of the Illawarra Association for the Visual Arts (IAVA). He worked in art education for over 30 years. He retired from the University of Wollongong (UOW) where he was Dean and Head of the School of Education. He is an Honorary Professorial Fellow with the Faculty of Social Sciences. His PhD was completed in arts education policy and was recently awarded Fellow of the UOW. Recent exhibitions: Ewart Art Prize 22 May – 10 June 2021 Willoughby Arts Centre NSW Group Show March 31 – April 27 2021 55 Parrots Bulli NSW The Original Print 16th March – 1st April 2021 Willoughby Arts Centre NSW Ewart Art Prize 11 September – 15 October Willoughby Arts Centre NSW View from the Coast IAVA Group Show 27 August – 8 September 2020 Bowral Art Gallery Lines 14 March – 28 March 2020 The New Artisans Gallery Milsons Point, NSW Camden Art Prize Highly Commended 2019

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