Kevin Brown

We will be highlighting Kevin’s work August 12 through September 2, 2017

Opening with a presentation by the artist on Saturday, August 12 at 3:00 p.m.:
“Two Challenges Met: The How and Why of the Way I Paint”
Kevin will give a short talk on two primary aspects of his work: his color-blindness and his use of “indirect” or layered painting, as opposed to the alla prima approach commonly favored today.
Reception to follow.

Kevin Brown is a native Californian and a long-time resident of San Francisco.  Growing up in Sacramento and Lodi, he began drawing almost before he could write and thus began a fascination with light and shadow that took him through serious study of drawing, photography, cinematography and (after moving to San Francisco) ultimately, painting.  Born with mild red/green color-blindness, his art for many years consisted of pastel portraits in one or two colors on toned paper.  In response to a challenge by a recipient of one of these portraits, Kevin began to study the color wheel, color harmonies and design, ultimately formulating a way around this visual limitation to create harmonious landscape paintings. The intimate settings he prefers painting are inspired often by the glowing effects of grasses and foliage illuminated from behind in the  late afternoon or early morning.

“I paint almost exclusively the small details of the landscape, rather than broad vistas or ‘scenes’.  The play of light and shadow is usually my principle subject, rather than the objects or physical elements themselves.  The compositions are then ‘found’ within the arrangement of light and dark; objects and surroundings.  Trees, especially often feel like ‘surrogates’ for human emotion.   My most frequently-painted subject is San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.  After 30 years, still discovering hidden little corners!”

Kevin’s website is http://www.kevinrbrownart.com/

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Young Birches, San Pedro Creek

Oil on panel, 8″ x 10″. Framed in No. 238.0.1 (low slope)—2-1/2” in walnut with a Black stain and with a 23kt gilt slip. $1,200.

Hillside Ferns, Purissima

Oil on panel, 14 5/8” x 10”. Framed in No. 238—2-1/2” in quartersawn white oak with a Saturated Medieval Oak stain and an 18kt gilt slip. $1,650.

Early Summer, Rancho San Antonio

2016, Oil on panel, 13″ x 10. Framed in No. 300—2-1/2” in walnut with a Dark Medieval stain and with a pale 18 kt gold slip. $1,350.

Mallard Lake

2015, Oil on panel, 8” x 20”. Framed in No. 130.4—2-1/2” in quartersawn white oak with a Black stain and with a pale 18kt gold slip. $1,700.

Eucalyptus Near Stow Lake

2016. Oil on panel, 10″ x 12″. Framed in a custom mitered frame in quartersawn white oak (Saturated Medieval stain) with 23 kt gilt liner. $1,500.

Above Phoenix Lake

2016. Oil on panel, 12″ x 9″. Framed in No. 308.1 “Michigan” style 2-1/2″ wide frame in quartersawn white oak (Saturated Medieval  stain) with a 23 kt gilt slip. $1,450.

Creek, Pescadero

Oil on panel, 2015, 24″ x 12″. Framed in a  No. 1OS walnut frame that is  2” wide, with a 18 kt gilt slip. $1,890.

Redwood Near Stow Lake

2015, oil on panel, 12″ x 16″. Framed in a compound 3″ frame in quartersawn white oak with an 18 kt gilt slip. $1,795.

Lone Tree, Russian Ridge

2015, oil on panel, 16″ x 20″. Framed in a 3-1/2″ compound mitered frame in quartersawn white oak with an 18 kt gilt slip. $2,950.