Judith Brassard Brown

  • Judith Brassard Brown

    Life in the Yellow Wedge, mixed media, 30 x 40 inches, 2013.

    Life in the Yellow Wedge
  • Judith Brassard Brown

    Espresso, mixed media, 10 x 10 inches, 2013.

    Espresso
  • Judith Brassard Brown

    In the Pink, mixed media, 10 x 10 inches, 2013.

    In the Pink

Artist Statement

My work continues to respond to the insecurity and crisis we see worldwide centered on conflicts over land and resources or power. While we all strive for the same qualities in our lives (wherever we live, our religion or cultural beliefs) powerful interests often work against our desire for a safe environment, clean air and water, an embracing landscape to call our own.

For me, the landscape is synonymous with the concept of 'home'. Work contrasts images of still moments, special places, a sense of time and place with those affected by forces that can threaten and challenge to look at the constancy of their coexistence. Created through many layers of drawing, painting, wax and collage, through building and deconstructing, through research and observation, each image arrives at its' own particular destination.

Artist Bio

Judith Brassard Brown is Chair of the Foundation Department at Montserrat College of Art where she also teaches upper level courses in painting and drawing. She founded Montserrat's Summer Intensive Studio Program in Viterbo, Italy and returns to teach there each July. Represented in turn by the Kingston Gallery (since 2005) and The Arden Gallery (1993-2005) in Boston, she's had solo exhibitions at the Danforth Museum (Framingham), The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, HallSpace in Boston, MA and more.

Her work has been reviewed and featured in articles in Boston Magazine, the Boston Globe, Boston Globe's Sunday Magazine, Art New England, ArtsMedia, the Boston Herald, Il Messagero Viterbo, Il Messagero Veneto, and Il Piccolo. She has an extensive record of juried and invitational exhibitions in New England and New York; her work is included in more than 100 corporate and private collections in the United States and abroad.

"Judith Brassard Brown's paintings conjure up dialogues between material evidence and reverie; past and present. The images engage eternal matters such as life's daily rituals, the complexities of communication and mortality. Although ranging widely in genre from abstract collage to landscape, still life and portraiture, each work compels us to slow down from our customary breakneck speed in favor of soaking in the passage of time.

The paintings have seductively luminescent surfaces, partially achieved by the addition of wax medium to the paint. To counterbalance the lush surface, Brown applies successive layers that at times include collage and incised lines. The collage elements are delicate snippets of paper discolored from wear with vintage fonts, adding an aged patina."

— From the catalog "Out of Time" by Shana Dumont and Leonie Bradbury

Education: BFA, MFA, Boston University.

Exhibitions

Smallish, June 29-July 31, 2016
I Know Just What You're Saying, January 6-31, 2016
From the Ground Up, April 29-May 31, 2015
Dark Days and other new paintings, October 2-27, 2013
All The Members: Gifted, September 4- 29, 2013
XXX: Kingston Gallery Annual Members' Exhibition Thirty Years as an Artist Run Gallery, September 5-30, 2012
Blessed: Unrest, New Paintings by Judith Brassard Brown, May 30-June 30, 2012
Kingston Gallery Annual Members' Exhibition, August 31-October 2, 2011

Press

"Paintings and Poems by Judith Brassard Brown." Kingston Blog, Thinking About Art Out Loud, July 1, 2016
"Judith Brassard Brown's Exhibition, "From the Ground Up," Opens Tonight!" Kingston Blog, Thinking About Art Out Loud, May 1, 2015
Judith Brassard Brown's Paintings are Meditative Explorations, From the Ground Up

Contact

judybrown@montserrat.edu
www.judithbrassardbrown.com