Studio Insights | Colin Brown24 Mar 2020
Days in Europa
We welcome Colin Brown to The Gallery for the first time this March. Colin is a fine artist and former graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee who has lived and exhibited in Europe for several years. He is now based in Stonehaven in the North East of Scotland. Colin has developed a strong international profile with regular solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including major solo shows in Hanover (1998), London (2010) and Singapore (2013). His work has received a number of awards, most notably an Artists Grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York in 1996.
"I employ a variety of mixed media to explore human histories, random and specific mark making, urban imagery, and handwritten and printed script. My paintings implement urban tones and are normally created on wood panel. Through my use of collaged materials, I celebrate the reusable and the found."Colin Brown, 2020
"I approach each work by marking a series of ‘reference points’, which develop as I build up the surface in layers. Gradually a dialogue between the painting and myself is established, and a definite direction is formed. I allow the work to develop naturally year upon year, sometimes revisiting locations or conducting additional research. By infusing direct reference with memory, narrative and allegory, each picture assumes a significance that is at once deeply personal and open to interpretation. Ultimately, my work aims to capture the spirit of modern society. The continent of Europe continues to fascinate me, and has proven a major source of inspiration for my new series of paintings Days in Europa."Colin Brown, 2020