Don Brown - clean lines and stark representations navigate the space between idolization and the individual.
British sculptor Don Brown has been well regarded since the late nineties for his varied depictions of his wife, Yoko. Producing three-dimensional renditions of his muse in ghostly white, black and silver, Brown creates intimate detail through a process of clay marquette that is cast in acrylic composite plaster. From this, a silicon rubber mold is made, allowing him to cast Yoko’s figure in a variety of scales and materials. Inspired by classic antiquity and the elegance of neoclassical marble structures, such as Canova’s The Three Graces (1814-17), Brown’s clean lines and stark representations navigate the space between idolization and the individual, elevating his real-life spouse to godly status, while simultaneously exposing the reality of her physical form.
Don Brown has been the subject of solo exhibitions across Great Britain and Europe, including at Le Consortium, Dijon, Paul Stolper Gallery, London, Galerie Almine Rech, Brussels, and Sadie Coles HQ, London. Selected group shows include SNAP: Art at the Aldeburgh Festival at Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK (2011), Crucible at Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, UK (2010), In the darkest hour there may be a light at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2006) as well as The Naked Portrait, 1900-2007 at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (2007).