At the end of a day in a parched land, 2007
oil on canvas
154 x 245 cm
Private collection, Sydney
Michael Reid, 2007
The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne: Earthly reflections of heavenly things, November to February 2008
Leonard Brown (b. 1949) was born and trained in Brisbane where he lives and works to this day. He is best known for his oil paintings in which he lets gravity pull wet paint down the canvas lent at certain angles. His expertise in contrasting the colour of his figures and grounds play heavily on the mood of the work, which can vary from gentle and serene to dizzyingly optical. He has been exhibiting such works with Charles Nodrum for a decade.
Less known, but carried out with equal vigour, are his Russian icon paintings created with traditional mediums of egg tempera and gold leaf. Brown began studying Byzantine painting in Brisbane in 1975 and, after being baptised Russian Orthodox in 1976, spent most of the 1990s living as a priest-monk. In 2010 he won the prestigious Blake Prize with If You Put Your Ear Close, You’ll Hear it Breathing.
He has held several significant exhibitions of his work over the years culminating in Union with Reality: The Art of Leonard Brown, a 30 year survey of his work at QUT Art Museum in late 2011 where his icons and minimal abstract paintings were shown side by side.Enquire Sydney