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James Brown

James Brown (1951 LA, Usa- 2020 Merida, Mexico) was an american artist.

Very well known in the 1980s for his rough painterly semi-figurative paintings, bearing affinities to Jean-Michel Basquiat and East Village painting of the time, but with influences from primitive art and classical Western modernism. His work has taken on several styles over the years but maintains a hand-made look combining concerns of the modernist tradition with motifs and spiritual interests from tribal art. Much of his work is a non-realistic but contains depictions or signs of recognizable faces or objects, in the latest paintings he took a more abstract mode.


Some of the past expositions: 

  • 1994 "Terrae Motus" collection, Palazzo Reale di Caserta

  • 1995 Leo Castelli,New York

  • 2005 Ex-Escuela Quintana Roo, Mérida, Mexico

  • 2007 Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris

  • 2013 Museo Diego Rivera-Anahuacalli, Mexico, Mexique 

  • 2014 Livingstone Gallery, The Hague

  • 2018 USC Fisher Museum - University of Southern California 


Permanently collected by: 

  • MoMA, NY

  • Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

  • MET, NY

  • Centre G.Pompidou in Paris

  • Kolumba Museum in Cologne

  • Centre for Contemporary Art of Málaga

"Untitled” 1995

95 x 74 cm, oil on canvas

James Brown_woolbridge gallery
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