Glenn Brown Depicts Humans with Patches and Swirls of Paint

By: Jason Soy - Published: Sep 7, 2011 • References: artnet & designlov
I’ve seen psychedelic portraits of Jimi Hendrix before which use a trippy marble-like aesthetic similar to these Glenn Brown illustrations, but Brown’s version of the look is ten times more intricate and vastly superior to look at. With swivels of paint used to define folds in clothing and skin while simultaneously defining lighting and hue, Glenn Brown is definitely no art chump.

Elderly men and skeletons appear to be recurring motifs in Glenn Brown’s collection of haunting paintings. It’s actually quite spectacular to see the juxtaposition of lush colors contrasted by the morbid and dark subjects in each illustration.

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