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Charley Brown

United States 1945 - 2018

Abstract Art, Painting

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Charley Brown
Charley Brown
Male
United States
1945
December 9, 2015
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Charley Brown was an American painter, born in Barstow, California, in 1945. Together with his husband Mark Evans, who has his own independent artistic career, Brown created murals and other commissioned art.

Charley Brown - Three Circles, 2013 - Eden Roc Series #2, 2012 - Diptych #1. 2013
Charley Brown – Three Circles, 2013 / Eden Roc Series #2, 2012 / Diptych #1, 2013

Charley Brown got his BA in Art in 1970 and his MA in Art in 1971, both from Humboldt State University and also studied at California College of the Arts in Oakland. Hugely inspired by music, he liked various genres, but always seemed to return to Igor Stravinsky. The complexity of rhythms, the sparseness of instrumentations provided the artist with fresh ideas. The literature of Marcel Proust also had a life-changing effect on Brown, as a constant reminder to be honest with himself and his work.

Charley Brown - Untitled, Intersection #4, 2015 - Untitled, Intersection #8, 2015 - Untitled, Intersection #12, 2015
Charley Brown – Untitled, Intersection #4, 2015 / Untitled, Intersection #8, 2015 / Untitled, Intersection #12, 2015

If we speak about artistic influences, not much can be said, as Brown distanced himself far away from any kind of artistic statement. The artist created new meaning by mixing historical contexts with older images. The style is not something reproducible, something that can be stripped of all its history, it is a way of casting the light of the past and its traditions onto the present. Aiming to infuse a sense of the weight and importance of history, Brown infused his art with historical background.

Charley Brown passed away in November 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Until his last day, Charley maintained that art was his sanctuary, his love.

All images courtesy Charley Brown

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Charley BrownDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2013Charley BrownDolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2006Charley BrownLarry Evans Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2004Charley BrownLarry Evans Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2003Charley BrownCity Picture Frame, San Francisco, CASolo
2002Charley BrownLarry Evans Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1998Charley BrownLarry Evans/James Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1996Charley BrownLarry Evans/James Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1994Charley BrownLarry Evans/James Willis Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1985Charley BrownAlbrecht Museum, St. Joseph, MOSolo
1983F.I.A.C.Jacque Masol Gallery, Paris, FranceSolo
1982Charley BrownPenryn Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
1982Charley BrownFeingarten Galleries, Los Angeles, CASolo
1982Charley BrownExtended Sensibilities, The New Museum, New York, NYGroup
1981Charley BrownPenryn Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
1981Charley BrownDan Turk Gallery, Laguna Beach, CASolo
1980Charley BrownPenryn Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
1979Charley BrownPenryn Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
1978Charley BrownBrustlin Workshop, San Francisco, CASolo
1978Charley BrownGryphon Gallery Ltd., Denver, COSolo
1977Charley BrownFeingarten Galleries, Los Angeles, CASolo
1976Charley BrownWilliam Sparrow Gallery, Santa Barbara, CASolo
1975Charley BrownGallerie Royale, Vancouver, B.C.Solo
1975Charley BrownPenryn Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
1974Charley BrownCoral Casino Club, Santa Barbara, CASolo
1974Charley BrownFeingarten Galleries, Los Angeles, CASolo
1973Charley BrownGalleries Schreiner, Basel, SwitzerlandSolo
1973Charley BrownFeingarten Galleries, Los Angeles, CASolo
1972Charley BrownPenryn Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
1972Charley BrownMonterey Peninsula Museum, CASolo
1971Charley BrownPenryn Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
1971Charley BrownZoomfauk Gallery, San Francisco, WASolo
1971Charley BrownHumboldt State University, Humboldt, CASolo
1971Charley BrownUniversity of Nevada, Reno, NVSolo
1970Charley BrownHumboldt State University, Humboldt, CASolo