Henry Brown is an abstract painter living and working in New York City. In his artwork, he combines mechanically drawn schematics with the painted images they generate. The artist works up a full sized schematic from small sketches for each painting. He then redraws the schematic directly on the gessoed canvas with compass and ruler. Brown paints in his imagery but leaves the underdrawing visible to function as a pictorial element in the finished work. He animates his brightly colored surfaces through changing spatial relationships that pull the viewer into the paintings.
He participated in the American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio, 2012. The Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is organizing an exhibition of the edition. It will travel through 2016. Brown will also be exhibiting in Sensory Impact at Morgan Stanley & Co. Global Headquarters, Purchase, NY, May 2014 – May 2015. Recently Henry Brown was included in Banned in D.C. at Ventana244 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and in Working It Out at The Painting Center in New York City.
Brown has exhibited throughout the United States and in Europe. Museum exhibitions include MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY; Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art in Florida; Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA; Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT; and the Aragonese Castle of Otronto in Italy. He has also exhibited at McKenzie Fine Art, Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, White Columns, and has shown in several MINUS SPACE exhibitions, all in New York City; Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX; and Dishman Art Gallery, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX.
Henry Brown’s artwork has been reviewed and reproduced in The New York Times, Flash Art, The New York Sun, NY Arts, Jacksonville Times Union, ArtsHouston, and Houston Press. The artist has been interviewed by Houston Public Radio KUHF for The Front Row.
He has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony and Millay Colony for the Arts.