Joan Brown, ‘The Bicentennial Champion’, 1976, Anglim Gilbert Gallery

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