Michael Brown Art Opening
June 29 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Exhibition dates: June 29 – July 31, 2018
Michael David Brown’s neighbors on the coast of Maine know him for his friendly, unassuming manner and his distinctive collection of baseball caps. In striking contrast, art collectors and critics the world over know him for his bold mixed-media collages and intricately detailed drawings, watercolors, and prints.
For more nearly 5 decades, Brown’s compelling work has won far-reaching acclaim. With a powerful graphic sense and an unmistakable quirkiness, he creates his stunning collages using torn and cut handmade papers and fibers, fabric swatches, and assorted found materials. He has often worked in and combined watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink, intaglio, etching and wood cuts. Brown’s vision has been inspired by travels throughout the United States and abroad, but in recent years, he has found a particular affinity for his adopted state of Maine.
Print magazine hailed Brown as a “man of diverse talents… and over the years, his strength of style has become recognizable worldwide.” He has brought his distinctive flair to such wide-ranging projects as book series for the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society, stamps for the U.S. Postal Service, art posters for the Olympics, illustrations for the New York Time and the Washington Post, the official art banners for the U.S. Pavilion at the Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro, and image campaigns for numerous Fortune 500 companies.
Born in California and trained at the Colorado State College and the Colorado Institute of Art, Brown has received gold and silver medals in scores of juried professional graphics exhibitions including Graphis, CA Society of Illustrators, AIGA, and shows mounted by the New York and Metropolitan Washington Art Directors Clubs. His art has also been exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America.
In 1973, before moving to Maine from Maryland, Brown founded and operated an award-winning graphic design and illustration firm with an impressive roster of corporate, government, and non-profit clients. He has also lectured at colleges and universities across the country and taught for many years as an adjunct professor at The Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore.
Brown’s work has been featured in such publications as Communication Arts, Artist’s Magazine, Print, Graphis of Switzerland, and the Brazilian Quarterly, Grafica. In 1998, North Light Books published a book on his collage work entitled, Realistic Collage Art.
Brown currently lives in Scarborough, Maine with his wife Carol, their cat Sophie, and their basset hound, Clancy.