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Biography

Cecily Brown (b. 1969, London) is one of the most celebrated artists working in painting today. Brown draws from the compositional structure, historical motifs, and virtuosic brushwork of master painters across a diverse range of genres. Using a palette ranging from bright hues to deep blacks, her works obscure singular readings as their compositions break down into restless, anfractuous, and elusive activity. Recent notable one-person exhibitions include “Based on a True Story,” Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover (2010); “Rehearsal,” The Drawing Center, New York (2016); “If Paradise Were Half as Nice,” Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo (2018); “Where, When, How Often and with Whom” at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (2018); and a major exhibition of new paintings hung at Blenheim Palace, UK (2020–2021). Her work is included in public collections such as the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Louisiana Museum, Denmark; the National Gallery of Norway, Oslo; the Tate Gallery, London; Glenstone Museum, Potomac; and the Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Cecily Brown Madrepora (Shipwreck), 2016 oil on linen 97 x 151 1/8 x 1 1/2 in. (246.4 x 383.9 x 3.8 cm)

Cecily Brown
Madrepora (Shipwreck), 2016
oil on linen
97 x 151 1/8 x 1 1/2 in. (246.4 x 383.9 x 3.8 cm)

Cecily Brown: Rehearsal, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, 2016.

Cecily Brown: Rehearsal, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, 2016.

Cecily Brown Sing first that green remote Cockagne, 2016 oil on linen 109 x 113 x 1 1/2 in. (246.4 x 383.5 cm)

Cecily Brown
Sing first that green remote Cockagne, 2016
oil on linen
109 x 113 x 1 1/2 in. (246.4 x 383.5 cm)

Cecily Brown Those are pearls that were his eyes, 2016 oil on aluminum 43 x 53 in. (109.2 x 134.6 cm)

Cecily Brown
Those are pearls that were his eyes, 2016
oil on aluminum
43 x 53 in. (109.2 x 134.6 cm)

Cecily Brown
Little Frenchy, 2016-17
oil on linen
43 x 53 in. (109.2 x 134.6 cm)

Based on a True Story, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, 2010. Photo by Raimund Zakowski.

Based on a True Story, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, 2010. Photo by Raimund Zakowski.

 

Cecily Brown Sirens and Shipwrecks and Bathers and the Band, 2016 oil on linen 97 x 151 x 1 1/2 in. (246.4 x 383.5 x 3.8 cm)

Cecily Brown
Sirens and Shipwrecks and Bathers and the Band, 2016
oil on linen
97 x 151 x 1 1/2 in. (246.4 x 383.5 x 3.8 cm)

CECILY BROWN, Galleria Civica di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino, Torino, Italy, 2014-2015.

CECILY BROWN, Galleria Civica di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino, Torino, Italy, 2014-2015.

Cecily Brown Madrepora (Shipwreck), 2016 oil on linen 97 x 151 1/8 x 1 1/2 in. (246.4 x 383.9 x 3.8 cm)

Cecily Brown
Madrepora (Shipwreck), 2016
oil on linen
97 x 151 1/8 x 1 1/2 in. (246.4 x 383.9 x 3.8 cm)

Cecily Brown: Rehearsal, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, 2016.

Cecily Brown: Rehearsal, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, 2016.

Cecily Brown Sing first that green remote Cockagne, 2016 oil on linen 109 x 113 x 1 1/2 in. (246.4 x 383.5 cm)

Cecily Brown
Sing first that green remote Cockagne, 2016
oil on linen
109 x 113 x 1 1/2 in. (246.4 x 383.5 cm)

Cecily Brown Those are pearls that were his eyes, 2016 oil on aluminum 43 x 53 in. (109.2 x 134.6 cm)

Cecily Brown
Those are pearls that were his eyes, 2016
oil on aluminum
43 x 53 in. (109.2 x 134.6 cm)

Cecily Brown
Little Frenchy, 2016-17
oil on linen
43 x 53 in. (109.2 x 134.6 cm)

Based on a True Story, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, 2010. Photo by Raimund Zakowski.

Based on a True Story, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, 2010. Photo by Raimund Zakowski.

 

Cecily Brown Sirens and Shipwrecks and Bathers and the Band, 2016 oil on linen 97 x 151 x 1 1/2 in. (246.4 x 383.5 x 3.8 cm)

Cecily Brown
Sirens and Shipwrecks and Bathers and the Band, 2016
oil on linen
97 x 151 x 1 1/2 in. (246.4 x 383.5 x 3.8 cm)

CECILY BROWN, Galleria Civica di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino, Torino, Italy, 2014-2015.

CECILY BROWN, Galleria Civica di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino, Torino, Italy, 2014-2015.