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Trouble in Paradise hovers between representation and abstraction, between the depiction of figures engaged in an indistinct erotic act and a bravura display of gestural brushwork. Set against a dramatic black background, ribbons and swirls of warm colour cover almost the entire surface of the painting. The work’s elusive imagery encourages viewers to fill in the blanks with their own projected desires. ‘The place I am interested in is where the mind goes when it’s trying to make up for what isn’t there’, Brown has said.

September 2008