Cecily Brown, ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’, 2015, Choice Works Benefit Auction 2015

Estimated value: $350,000

The celebrated British-born artist Cecily Brown suavely melds figuration and abstraction in paintings that are filled with heroic gestures, raw sexuality, and rich references to art history. Brown’s oil-on-linen Stuck In The Middle With You evinces a Baroque sense of scope and detail. The work is built of thick brushstrokes that recall the energy and temperament of Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell, while its figuration manifests the robust sensuality of Rubens. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Tate Modern, and others.

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About Cecily Brown

London-born painter Cecily Brown creates vivid, atmospheric depictions of fragmented bodies, often in erotic positions, that are depicted among swells of color and gesture. Her energetic brushwork and sensual use of paint have earned her comparison to Willem de Kooning and Francis Bacon. Drawing on a wide-range of art historical references—from 17th-century French Classicism to Abstract Expressionism—Brown is credited as a central figure in the resurgence of painting at the turn of the millennium.

British, b. 1969, London, United Kingdom, based in New York, New York