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Martin Brown

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Cleveland and Regent © 1998
Cleveland and Regent © 1998

My work is based within the tradition of painting.I am particularly interested in exploring the landscape of cities in which I have lived. I think of the city having a certain kind of architectural legacy that is destroyed or moderated by following generations. In this slow, piecemeal development of the urban environment, I constantly see cycles of urban decay and redevelopment. I try to represent this in my paintings through referencing different periods and styles whithin western painting, I want to convey a melancholic nostalgia for a lost past, by describing an environment through a filter of different historical perceptions.

memory and experience filter how we see

record players, catch 22, 2005
record players, catch 22, 2005
view of delft © 2005-2006
view of delft © 2005-2006
Since moving to London I have explored these themes by taking on specific references from the history of painting. In some ways I have done this by looking at images of paintings that surround us. One of my works depicts a girl as she walks across Trafalgar Square sending a text message, oblivious to the Titian's Bacchus on advertsising hoardings in front of her. In other pieces I have found some inspiration in seventeenth-century Dutch painters who began to remove painting from religious and mythological frameworks. I have consciously drawn from their depictions of everyday life to look at the contemporary modern world, where there would have been a tavern scene before there is now a DJ playing records.
Bacchus and Ariadne, © 2006
Bacchus and Ariadne, © 2006
Martin Brown
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