Glenn Brown at Upton House
2 Sept 2012 - 6 Jan 2013
As part of Upton House’s Year of Art, an exhibition of works by the celebrated British painter Glenn Brown, curated by Meadow Arts, is on show there until 6 January 2013.
The exhibition includes new works, which are shown in parallel to the world-class painting collection at Upton House.
In 1927 Upton House and Gardens became the country home of the oil magnate and philanthropist Walter Samuel, 2nd Viscount Bearsted. Over the next 21 years, he adapted the house to display his growing art collection, which became one of the finest assembled in England in the 20th century. Viscount Bearsted’s collection spans 18th century conversation pieces, outstanding Dutch art and masterpieces such as The Disrobing of Christ by El Greco and The Death of the Virgin by Pieter Bruegel.
Glenn Brown was born in Northumberland, England in 1966. He studied at Norwich School of Art, the Bath College of Higher Education, then Goldsmith's College, London. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2000. His work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions including the Serpentine Gallery, London (2004), Glenn Brown, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (2008) and Glenn Brown, Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom, also travelled to the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin and Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest (2009).
“The artist’s incessant mining of artistic traditions, historical techniques and conventions of representation has been particularly fertile. If one scratches away at the surface of perfection and the display of painterly finesse, a complex set of references is revealed, coalescing seemingly incompatible stylistic modes, high and low genres, obscure historical models and the outright modish into highly seductive constructs.”
Christoph Grunenberg, former Director of Tate Liverpool
Read Glenn Brown's comments on the Bearsted Collection at Upton House: click here