James Andrew Brown
James Andrew Brown
James Andrew Brown
James Andrew Brown
James Andrew Brown
James Andrew Brown
James Andrew Brown
James Andrew Brown
James Andrew Brown
James Andrew Brown
My First Love Was Art
"Pig" by James Andrew Brown
"Standing With My Woman" by James Andrew Brown
Don't Cook Tonight by James Andrew Brown

Exhibition Statement


I'm going to write from the heart because that was where it hit me when I first laid my eyes on James Andrew Brown's paintings. This explication is not going to be a typical press release or exhibit statement; I'll be addressing the raw power presented in Brown's artwork by sharing my story.

Detour Gallery has now been open for three years and what a trip it has been. I joined the ship early. In the beginning, when the opportunity of working for Detour presented itself to me, it was not so much the people I was going to work with, or who I was going to work for that was exciting, it was the work of James Andrew Brown. I knew I was about to experience something genuinely masterful, and I couldn't wait to start digging through the collection of large homemade folders holding several works on paper.

What I found was a raw assemblage consisting of energetic brush strokes and collages, congregated by mediums, I can't wholly recognize, all compounded into a perfect story that I still feel in my spine. The message is clear, family and culture, all squeezed in tight. As an African-American artist, it is apparent that Brown deals with race, but not in a way that displays the paintings as a protest, or directing it at people and their prejudices. It seems more like it is addressed to our directions, as a human culture, to suppress the topic of race and avoid its delicacy. We live in a duplicitous world, but Brown's message is direct and blunt, which makes his work uniquely important now.

With that, I cordially invite you to the opening reception at Detour Gallery showing the extraordinary paintings by James Andrew Brown on Saturday, September 7th, 6 PM.

It would be amazing to see you, and I can't wait to hear what you think of James Andrew Brown's artwork.

x Rune