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The Kasbah and Souks of Marrakech

02 November 2023 - 25 November 2023

John Brown returns to The Gallery this November with his latest exhibition, The Kasbah and Souks of Marrakech. Often inspired by foreign travel, this exciting body of new work captures the life and character of Marrakech, where Brown visited in the winter of 2022. Brown was particularly drawn to the labyrinth of medieval streets in the Medina for subject matter, where he watched and drew every day, absorbing the atmosphere of the bustling marketplace. Brown’s practice is characterised by a rich and vibrant palette and varied use of media, including collage, which the artist incorporates to push his imagery toward abstraction.

Following the Moroccan earthquake of September 2023, Brown has created a special work Marrakech Hope which will be sold on behalf of the Morrocco Earthquake Appeal for the British Red Cross.

Born: 1945

I have enjoyed taking familiar images down a transitional path from representation toward abstraction.

Brown studied at Glasgow School of Art 1963-8, where he subsequently taught. He worked as the Director of Arts at many Scottish schools, latterly at the Edinburgh Academy. He now paints full-time and is a long-standing exhibitor at RSW, RSA and RGI, winning many awards including the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Association Residency, which formed the basis of his 2011 exhibition. His work is characterised by a rich and vibrant palette and varied use of oil, mixed media and collage. His subjects are often based on particular foreign travel, and previous shows at The Scottish Gallery have included works influenced by trips to Venice, Kerala and Mekong and Cuba. Most recently his works have been inspired by the cycle of growth and regeneration of his garden in Edinburgh. His next exhibition at The Scottish Gallery will take place in the autumn of 2023.

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