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Aaron Morgan Brown

(b. 1964)

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Biography

Aaron M. Brown was born in Wichita, KS on April 4, 1964. His parents are both artists.
He received his BFA from the University of Kansas, and his MFA from Syracuse University, graduating summa cum laude from both institutions and earning a coveted University Fellowship from SU. He has received many awards over the years, including prestigious grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Franz and Virginia Bader Fund. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions internationally. His work has been featured in publications such as New American Paintings and Harper’s magazine, and is included in numerous private and public collections.


Following graduation, he began working under his full name. His work during following decade could be classified as a form of magic realism, with an emphasis on precise rendering, theatricality, and a dream-like sense of displacement. His interest in the photograph, both as an image of reference and an abstract subject, can be traced back to his father's work as a freelance photographer in Lawrence, KS during the 60s and 70s.


After relocating to Pennsylvania with his wife, artist Ann Piper, a new body of work began to emerge. Like his previous work, these recent paintings offer a transcription of the intersection of his subconscious mind and the everyday world, although their content is relatively distilled. They also display a renewed enthusiasm for the materiality of paint, although this has always been an abiding interest. The evolution of an artist is often elliptical, a series of uneven orbits around an innate sensibility, complete with seasonal changes.


Working in a newly built studio, he now divides his time between these separate but related directions.