Jessica Brown Fine Art

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I’m an abstract painter working from my studio in Warwickshire. I’m drawn to the unusual beauty and ambiguity of abstraction, creating paintings which are joyful and multi-layered. If you look closely, you may discover a word which reflects the tone of the piece, like “joy,” “flight” or “thaw” hidden between brush strokes. I work in acrylic, often including mixed media elements such as spray paint and pastels. I look for connections in the world around me, and create an interpretation in my studio using marks, colours and shapes as my language. My aim is to balance serendipity with control.

I build up layers and texture, then excavate back to reveal what’s beneath – I find my paintings by working on them. I pair careful drawing with big gestural marks to create paintings which I hope are beautiful and evocative. We live in stressful times and are inundated with countless images and a staggering wealth of information on a daily basis. Through my art, I am asking myself and those that would explore it, to slow down, look, touch and consider the essential colours, shapes and textures.

To spark my creativity, I often shift my focus from the distant to the close up – either enlarging details in a photograph to reveal unseen shapes and hidden connections; or sketching the wide open spaces of the surrounding Warwickshire landscape.

However, it’s only in recent years, that I’ve settled in a rural location. I grew up in Bristol, Vienna, and Birmingham, and also lived for periods of time in other cities including Manchester, Graz and San Francisco. As a result, urban elements, such as city building facades, layered with posters and graffiti, also sometimes show up in my work. My background in travel and culture has given me a fascination with connections – whether that be between people, places and memories, or between colours and shapes. I hope to convey these stories of connection through the use of colour, lines, edges, and layers.

I’ve loved art and painting from a young age. I studied Fine Art at Birmingham City University while also working part time in PR. After leaving college I had nearly a decade of success, selling my work through galleries in the West Midlands, Yorkshire and elsewhere, taking part in numerous solo and joint exhibitions.

Subsequently I worked in Communications at the Civil Service handling the media for VIP visits, including Royalty and Ministers. It was a very different career from painting, but so much of what I learned, around communication and creating connections, feeds into my art today. For the last few years, I’ve been in a position to fully focus on my painting again being selected for the Other Art Fair and showing through several local galleries.

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Exhibitions & Events
2017
Foster Frame Art Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon
Contemporary art fair: Discover Gather Give, Stratford-upon-Avon
Selected for The Other Art Fair, Bristol
Parkview Gallery, Birmingham
2016
Parkview Gallery, Birmingham
Deasil Gallery, Leamington Spa.
2007
Burlington Hotel
2006
Taylor Pick Gallery, Beverley, Yorkshire
2005
Ombersley Gallery, Worcestershire
Taylor Pick Gallery, Beverley, Yorkshire
2004
Ombersley Gallery, Worcestershire
2003
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
Taylor Pick Gallery, Beverley, Yorkshire
Ombersley Gallery, Worcestershire
Parkview Gallery, Birmingham
Sold work through an art dealer, Birmingham
2002
Parkview Gallery, Birmingham
Ombersley Gallery, Worcestershire
2001
Parkview Gallery, Birmingham
Ombersley Gallery, Worcestershire
2000
Number 9 The Gallery, Birmingham
Ombersley Gallery, Worcestershire
Parkview Gallery, Birmingham
1999
Ombersley Gallery, Worcestershire
Parkview Gallery, Birmingham
1998
Parkview Gallery, Birmingham
Commissions
2007: 3 individual commissions undertaken.
Collections:
Work in various private collections in Yorkshire, Birmingham, London and elsewhere.
Awards:
2000
Won ‘Highly commended’ award from the Daily Express for the most promising new artist for the year.

Education
Birmingham City University, BA Fine Art – Commenced 1998
Coventry University – MA Painting – Commencing 2018