Paintings by Glenn Brown are literally a blend of art references and a contemporary vision. Gloomy in the choice of subjects and bizarre in the colors used, the pictures resemble mutant depictions of grotesque figures.
Glenn Brown has a unique technique. He borrows images from subjects that have already been painted by masters such as Salvador Dali, Frank Auerbach, Rembrandt and unknown artists of mass market science fiction paperbacks. Taking his subjects directly from books or the internet, he then digitally retouches the features of the characters. Using Photoshop, he enlarges, crops and makes the necessary changes on the details he feels will give another outlook from the original version.
Paint is then applied to the altered picture. The artist’s brush strokes are thin and swirling on the canvas, creating a flat surface with a ‘trompe l’oeil’ effect. Glenn Brown exaggerates the flesh tones which counteracts with the kitsch color scheme. The rendering is wild and singular.
The artist is fascinated with the transformation of a reproduced picture. He is channeling new emotions from a subject that has already created previous sensations. Although his method has been used in the past by renown painters such as Picasso with the Velasquez’s Las Meninas, he is the only one who is impacting the original pieces he is working with. The soul of the paintings is dark and willing to connect with another dream world which, according to Glenn Brown would be welcoming different layers of unconscious fantasies.