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About Joan Brown

Considered part of the second generation of the Bay Area Figurative movement, influential artist Joan Brown obsessively painted everyday imagery from her own life: domestic scenes, swimming excursions in the San Francisco bay, or outings to the opera with her husband. In a predominantly flat, decorative style, Brown painted figures and animals in fanciful scenarios; enamored with ancient Egyptian art and mythology, she would often paint silhouettes and human-animal hybrids such as the sphinx. Though she denied having any explicit feminist agenda, her subject matter aligned closely with the psychological imperatives of feminist art; her images displayed the artist’s introspective spiritual life. Elmer Bischoff was a mentor and teacher.

American, 1938-1990, San Francisco, California, based in San Francisco, California

Solo Shows on Artsy

Joan Brown - Presence Known, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco

Group Shows on Artsy

Intimisms, James Cohan, New York
SIGHT / VISION : The Urban Milieu, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco