Contemporary artist Cecily Brown is a British painter born in 1969. She received her BFA at the Slade School of Art in London before moving to the United States to begin working in New York. Her contemporary art style is heavily influenced by artists such as Oskar Kokoschka, Nicolas Poussin, Willem de Kooning, and Joan Mitchell, yet still incorporates her own distinctive female point of view into her own work. Brown’s work expands on the traditional abstract expressionist art form by combining figuration and abstraction. The theme surrounding much of Cecily Brown’s work combines sexuality and eroticism with sensual depictions of nude figures and explosive use of colors.
Cecily Brown has received much critical acclaim for her art work. Her assertiveness and bold use of color has been labeled as often times too masculine. In an interview for The Guardian she said about her role as an artist, “The boundaries of painting excite me. You’ve got the same old materials – just oils and a canvas – and you’re trying to do something that’s been done for centuries. And yet, within those limits, you have to make something new or exciting for yourself as well as other people.”
Her art has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid. Cecily Brown’s art has also been included in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York, and the Tate Gallery, in London.