James Brown
American, born 1951
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Expansion of Aesthetic II: Graphic Works From The Modern & Postmodern Era,
Han Art
Expansion of Aesthetics,
Han Art
Something about a Tree,
The FLAG Art Foundation

James Brown is a painter, sculptor, experimental printmaker, and ceramicist whose career gained wide recognition in the 1980s and ’90s. His biomorphic and primitivist works are largely abstract, but have traces of Modernist-influenced figuration. Many of his series allude to literary and musical works, including the writing of D.H. Lawrence. In 1995, Brown embarked on a series based on Gustav Holst’s orchestral composition The Planets (1914-1916). The series to date includes over 80 abstract paintings. Other works with more abstract subjects include Ceramic (2002) comprised of wall sculptures that appeared to be suspended in space, and a series of prints that summarize his research about color.

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