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Glenn Brown

(British, b.1966)

Glenn Brown, one of Britain's most successful living painters, Turner Prize nominee, and sampler of imagery from across the centuries, is commonly associated with the Young British Artists (YBA).

Brown was born in 1966 in Hexham, Northumberland. He is known for the use of art historical references in his paintings. Starting with reproductions from other artist's works, Glenn Brown transforms the appropriated image by changing its colour, position, and size. His grotesque figures appear to be painted with thick impasto, but are actually executed through the application of thin, swirling brushstrokes which create an effective illusion.

In 2000, he was nominated for the Turner Prize and in the same year his work was the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Centre d'Art Contemporain, the Serpentine Gallery, London, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. In 2009, an exhibition dedicated to his work was held at Tate Liverpool, and this exhibition travelled to the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin and Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest. An exhibition was held at Upton House, Oxfordshire, in 2012, and in 2013-14 at the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands. There have also been regular exhibitions at several of the Gagosian galleries worldwide.

Glenn Brown was also a key figure amongst numerous group exhibitions, including The Saatchi Gallery in 1995; Centre Georges Pompidou in 2002; Venice Biennale, Italian Pavillion in 2003; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2005; Gwangju Biennale, Korea in 2010; Kunsthalle, Vienna in 2011; Guggenheim Bilbao in 2013; and he exhibited alongside Rebecca Warren at the Rennie Collection at Wing Sang, Vancouver, also in 2013.

His works perform extremely well on both the primary and secondary markets, with several notable auction results.

Brown continues to live and work in London and Suffolk.

Glenn Brown