Robert Brown (1917 – 2009)
Works Available for Purchase
Robert Brown was one of Glendale’s most prominent, prolific artists; serigrapher, ceramicist, glassmaker, sculptor, painter, and arts educator. His “Suburb” and “Opposite But Equal” both won honors in juried exhibitions and were curated into our Purchase Award Collection. Born in San Francisco, Brown received his Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State College and Master of Fine Arts degrees from both the University of Southern California and the California College of Arts and Crafts. Brown was a master printmaker whose area of focus and style changed with the times. Over four decades he produced a remarkably large, eclectic body of work, including abstracts, Op Art, and figurative pieces. His work speaks to the human race’s relationship to the natural world, the socio-political climate, and human sexuality – often with a humorous twist. When one looks at the diversity of his output it is hard to fathom that everything was produced by the same hand. Brown was Professor of Fine Art at Glendale Community College from 1948 to 1983. There he taught life drawing, printmaking, ceramics, and other classes. In addition to his large portfolio of serigraphs, he left a vast collection of demonstration studies of the human form in charcoal, pen and ink, and collage. (Narrative continues below the slide show)
Brown also produced art glass and his importance in this genre is reflected in commissions including twenty-one fused glass windows at Temple Adat Ari El in Valley Village and entrance windows in the First United Methodist Church in Glendale. He also created a series of fused glass tiles to be affixed as “safety devices” to sliding glass doors. Some of the remaining tiles that have survived are included in our collection.
One of his most important works, a silkscreen mural entitled “Harbor Theme”, had hung in the Beverly Hilton Hotel in the 1950s. In addition to a scrapbook of photos depicting the creation of the mural, Brown created a limited edition of 50 copies of this work, only one of which was recovered from his studio. Brown was extremely proud of this mural. It required 149 screens and 25 separate colors to produce. Unfortunately, the mural is no longer present in the Beverly Hilton Hotel and the single remaining proof copy in our possession is missing one panel that depicts a fish on a dish.
Brown was an active member of the Western Serigraph Institute and held an “Honorary Artist” title with the Pasadena Society of Artists. He also served as president of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society Foundation. Upon his passing, his daughter, Janice Reilly, generously gifted his archives and many of his works to the Brand Associates.
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