MARK BROWN : THE ARTIST
Mark Brown is one of Antigua and Barbuda’s leading contemporary artists and for the last decade his work has gone from scenic Caribbean scenes to paintings and images that question the human condition. His work appeals to people whether they live in the Caribbean, Europe or North America.
Mark Brown was born to be an artist and by the time he finished his secondary education Marky Mark‘s work was winning kudos from fellow artists. Brown became an art teacher, whilst at the same time developing his art and experimenting with Media – from Photography to Ceramics and eventually Oil on Canvas.
In between teaching and developing his art, Mark began designing stage sets for major local events including Carnival Queen Pageants, State Visits and Corporate Events. He is a renowned stylist, highly sought after to dress business establishments.
In 2004 he left Antigua in order to pursue a BFA in Studio Art at the Barbados Community College, where his portfolio grew to include film and Printmaking. His work continued to be exhibited locally at leading Galleries – Woods Art Gallery, Harmony Hall and Heavenly Hill, as well as in the Prime Minister’s Office and the homes of several collectors including, International star, Diana Ross, Ambassador to Venezuela, Joan Underwood and writer and business woman, Claudia E. Ruth Francis. His graduation portfolio caused a sensation in Barbados and as a result his work was exhibited in a private show at the Zemicon Gallery in Barbados. Mark’s work was also featured in several Local, regional and international Magazines and in 2007 was awarded a National Youth Award for his contribution to the Visual Arts.
Mark Brown is a figurative painter who is not afraid to go beyond the boundaries expected of Caribbean artists who live and work in the Caribbean. He draws inspiration from his heritage, his religion and the questions he has about life, choices and journeys. His work commands attention.