san-francisco

Christopher Brown

Gallery Paule Anglim

Christopher Brown is a young virtuoso painter from the Midwest who in recent years has been identified locally as one of the hopes of San Francisco Bay Area painting. His paintings are full of contradiction. As a virtuoso, theatrically sure of his paint, he puts everything in the right place, and in his new pictures' reconnoiterings of Chinese cultural themes he has included more of “everything” than before. A line drawing of a take-out carton may stand for Brown's initial subjective procedure, as the assorted Mao icons and tags of ancient Chinese philosophy, art, and architecture may show his will to synthesis, his criticality. But, pointed as such details are in their associations, they don't represent the pressures behind the paint, and thus look ornamental. The free-floating subject matter registers as subsidiary to an otherwise ironclad aptitude for design and for transubstantiating

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