My work is informed by various art, from African Kongo fetishes to Tantric paintings to German Romanticism. Improvisation within a thematic framework is the foundation of my pictorial approach. The foremost formal discipline in my studio practice mirrors Miles Davis famous dictum, ‘Don’t play what you know, play what you don’t know.’ 

I use brushes, knives and trowels to add, squeegees, turpentine wipes and sanding to subtract. I often make my own paint to enhance the tinting strength of the colors. My conscientious editing results in paintings that are deceptively simple and powerfully affective.

© Copyright - Mark Brown Paintings