My paintings are pictorial orchestrations — views of an alternate interior reality that are sewn together from daily observations, memories, impressions of the world at large, and my imagination. They are a prismatic lens through which I can re-view the world, and a transcription of what I encounter there.
The images that inform my work are like time travelers, moving through the stratified space of the collective subconscious, and they carry associative luggage. I would like to suggest that images have lives of their own. If they happen to become part of a painting, they are not permanent fixtures – they are free agents. They can appear and disappear, migrate, learn new languages, transpose their identities. They respond to the same tidal forces of change that affect us all.
Aaron M. Brown was born in Wichita, KS. He received a BFA from the University of Kansas, MFA from Syracuse University. Awards include grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Franz and Virginia Bader Fund. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions internationally, in galleries and museums, including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. His work has been featured in publications such as New American Paintings and Harper’s magazine, and is included in numerous private and public collections.
Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe NM
Walker Fine Art, Denver CO
Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City MO
Wichita State University, painting
University of Kansas, BFA painting (summa cum laude)
Syracuse University, MFA painting (summa cum laude)
Awards and Grants:
Pollock-Krasner Grant, 2005
Franz and Virginia Bader Fund Grant, 2009
George Sugarman Foundation Grant, 2007
Best in Show, National Competition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA
Best in Show, Alumni Exhibition, Ulrich Museum of Art, WSU
First Place Prize, Experimental Category, The Artist’s Magazine National Competition, 2006 & 2007
First Place Prize, Figurative Category, International Artist Magazine Competition, 2009
Third Place, Forth National Exhibition, Erman B. White Gallery, El Dorado, KS
Arts Council Annual Juried Exhibition, CityArts, Wichita, KS
Opus Framing and Art Supplies Award, Painting On The Edge, Vancouver, B.C.
Honorable Mention, 13th National Exhibition, Art Institute, Salisbury, MD
Honorable Mention, Art Interview, 17th International Online Artist Competition
Maurice E. and Dorthea I. Shaffer Fellowship in Fine Arts, Syracuse University
Lockwood Scholarship, University of Kansas
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2019: Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, Lindsborg, KS
2019: Landmark Bank, Lawrence, KS
2016: Cider Gallery, Lawrence, KS
2016: SeedCo Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2016: Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2010: 101/Exhibit, Miami, FL
2009: “Natural Geometry,” Wallspace Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
2009: “Constructed Dreaming,” Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS
2008: Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2007: “Still Life for the 21st Century,” The Arts Company, Nashville, TN
2007: “Joyland,” Limbo Fine Arts, San Diego, CA
2007: Brian Marki Fine Art, Portland, OR
2005: “Museology,” Limbo Fine Arts, San Diego, CA. Sponsored by Sushi Visual and Performance Art, San Diego, CA. Curated by Jeff Williams.
2005: Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS
2005: “Terra Incognita,” Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2019: Coors Western Art Exhibition & Sale, Denver, CO
2019: Wonder, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver, CO
2019: Representing the West, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO
2018: Vantage Points, Walker Fine Art, Denver, CO
2017: Still Life/Winter Collective – Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, MO
2017: Convergence – Stories and Territories, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2017: Elevate, 21c Hotel/Museum, Bentonville, AR
2017: Re:Solution, Cider Gallery, Lawrence, KS
2017: Other Worlds, Strecker-Nelson West Gallery, Manhattan, KS
2016: Invitational Self Portrait Exhibition, Birger Sandzen Gallery, KS
2016: Mixed Environs, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University
2015: Seventh Annual National Drawing and Painting Exhibition, Susquehanna University
2014: Trish Higgins Gallery, Wichita, KS
2013: Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, National Portrai Gallery, Washington, D.C.
2013: “Presence,” two person show with Ann Piper. Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University
2013: Sixth Annual National Drawing and Painting Exhibition, Susquehanna University
2012: Fifth Annual National Drawing and Painting Exhibition, Susquehanna University
2010: ArtHampton’s International Art Fair, Bridgehampton, NY
2010: “What Wichita Collects II,” Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS
2010: 101/Exhibit, Miami, FL
2010: “Between Realities,” Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2009: “Offerings,” Space 414, Brooklyn, NY
2009: Hun Gallery International Exhibition, New York, NY
2009: Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
2009: “Short Days,” The OK Hotel Gallery, Seattle, WA
2008: Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2007: The Art Mine, Seattle, WA
2007: Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2007: The Arts Company, Nashville, TN
2007: “Kansas Realists Come Home,” Beauchamp’s Gallery, Topeka, KS
2007: Kansas Master’s Invitational, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS
2006: “Languages of Silence,” Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA
2006: 2006 Biennial, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
2006: “Spectacles of the Real: Truth and Representaion in Art and Literature,” Opensource Art, Champaign, IL
2006: “Bestiary,” Froelick Gallery, Portland, OR
2006: “Person to Person,” a group figurative show, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS
2005: “Empirical/Experimental,” Manifest Creative Research Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2005: Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2005: Arts Council Annual Juried Exhibition, CityArts, Wichita, KS
2005: “Painting On the Edge,” Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, B.C.
2005: “The Art of Emprise,” Emprise Bank Collection, Steckline Gallery, Newman University, Wichita, KS
2004: Roswell Artist-In-Residence Invitational, Santa Fe Community College
2004: “Second Nature,” Project Creo, St. Petersburg, FL
2004: Northwest Annual, Center On Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
2004: Red Ball Auction, Sushi Visual Art, San Diego, CA
2004: Rocky Mountain Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO
2004: “Stillness In The Din,” Erman B. White Gallery, Butler C. College, El Dorado, KS
2004: Forth National Exhibition, Erman B. White Gallery, Butler C. College, El Dorado, KS
2004: 13th Annual National Exhibition, Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD
2004: 31st Annual National Competition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA
2004: Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS
2003: Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2003: Two Person Show with Ann Piper, Eppink Art Gallery, Emporia, KS
2003: Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS
2003: Eklektikas Gallery, Silver City, NM
American Art Collector, feature article and ad, September 2010.
Visual Overture Magazine, Summer 2010.
Poets and Artists Magazine, feature article, Winter 2010.
The Artist’s Magazine – Feature Article, March 2009.
International Artist Magazine – Feature Article, 2009.
Gallery and Studio Magazine, review, November 2006.
NY Arts Magazine, December 2006.
The Artist’s Magazine, December 2006.
Harper’s Magazine, December 2005.
New American Paintings, Western Edition, 2005.
Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan KS
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, NM
Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
Kansas State University
The University of Kansas
Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, NM, 2018
Kimmel Harding Nelson Arts Center, Nebraska City, NE, 2017
Paul Artspace, St. Louis, MO, 2017