Dead Relatives, 1995

by Glenn Brown

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Dead Relatives comes from a series of pioneering works that Brown produced in 1995 that were based on Frank Auerbach’s iconic paintings of his most frequently depicted sitter, Juliet Yardley Mills. In his direct appropriation of Auerbach, Brown has established a dialogue between the artists and their oeuvre’s, where Brown’s work simultaneously draws from Auerbach’s J.Y.M Seated in the Studio (1987-88), whilst giving it a new art historical significance.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 22.8 x 18.8 ins/ 57.8 x 47.6 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed and dated ‘Glenn Brown 1995’ (verso)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas laid on board

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Brown is a highly acclaimed British artist from Northumberland whose work is known for its many art historical references.

Dead Relatives comes from a series of pioneering works that Brown produced in 1995 that were based on Frank Auerbach’s iconic paintings of his most frequently depicted sitter, Juliet Yardley Mills. In his direct appropriation of Auerbach, Brown has established a dialogue between the artists and their oeuvre’s, where Brown’s work simultaneously draws from Auerbach’s J.Y.M Seated in the Studio (1987-88), whilst giving it a new art historical significance.

What is most notable about this work is Brown’s highly accomplished technical skill at depicting the thick impasto of Auerback’s canvas whilst maintaining a completely smooth surface, devoid of any visible brushstrokes. It is by replicating Auerbach and yet completely modifying his approach to the paintings physicality that  Dead Relatives challenges the nature of mass reproduction and the modern day culture that has been facilitated by it.

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British contemporary artist, Glenn Brown is a member of the renowned Young British Artists group. He was born in Northumberland, and currently lives and works in London. Nominated for the Turner Prize in 2000, Brown is known for his appropriations of images and artistic strategies from the Renaissance to the 20th century. After studying at the Norwich School of Art and Bath College of Higher Education, Brown received an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths’ College in London.

He has been described as a Mannerist painter, startling the viewer with overemphasized, grotesque forms. Gathered from a variety of sources that range from Rembrandt van Rijn to Frank Auerbach, Brown’s unique iconography is augmented by his virtuosic artistic technique. Although consistently smooth in surface, his oil-on-panel paintings employ a trompe l’oeil effect of turbulent, impasto application. Brown’s extensive exhibition history includes shows at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2004), the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (2008), and the Tate Liverpool, UK (2009). His work is included in such major museums as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

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