Greg Brown, born in Reno, Nevada, received a BA with a focus on animation and film editing from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema, earned a BFA from Pasadena Art Center, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Working as a scenic artist and set painter at ABC-TV studios in Hollywood, he painted sets and backdrops for sitcoms and award shows, like the Grammys, American Music Awards, and Muppet Specials.
Brown's large-scale abstract renderings utilize a subtractive method by removing the ground material of faux fur. The works are formed by shaving geometric, minimal lines and shapes and by adding materials such as acrylic paint and tile adhesive compound to stretched fake fur. Brown introduced faux fur into his painting while he worked as a scenic artist and set painter in Hollywood, California. There he had access to different types of decorative materials, which allowed him to satirize the kitsch in fine art making. Around the same time he was volunteering at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles and became interested in making art that appealed to other senses like touch and even taste. Greg Brown states, “Although my art is not edible, its visual and material aspects might stimulate a viewer in multi-sensory ways.”
Greg Brown has exhibited in exhibitions in California and New York, including shows at Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE); Flow Ace Gallery, Santa Monica; and Paula Allen Gallery. His first solo show in New York was at White Columns in 1993. Lichtundfire Gallery in New York City will be featuring The Beginning of the Universe and Other Things, a solo exhibition of Greg Brown’s drawings, which will be on view until May 6, 2018.