Glenn Brown: Room 7

Glenn Brown The Hinterland 2006

Glenn Brown
The Hinterland 2006
Oil on panel
148 x 122.5 cm

Private collection © Glenn Brown

The figure and its problematic representation in paint throughout history is something Brown has consistently returned to for examination. ‘Representing a human being is such a competitive, inventive and bizarre form of painting that I feel I can’t ignore it.’ Brown treats paint almost as if it is a living organism – he has referred to it on equal terms with flesh. Strategies such as turning the body upside down and even inside out, isolating body parts or satirising traditional poses from art history, question the processes and politics of transferring people to paint. The paintings in this room further reveal Brown’s characteristic ambiguity of form, moving from the figurative to the abstract and back again via the tragicomic, anthropomorphic blobs of The Hinterland, Seventeen Seconds and International Velvet.

Works in this room

Led Zeppelin 2005
Oil on panel
122 x 86.4 cm
Private collection, London

America 2004
Oil on panel
140 x 93.5 cm
Stefan T. Edlis collection

The Hinterland 2006
Oil on panel
148 x 122.5 cm
Private collection

International Velvet 2004
Oil on panel
157 x 122 cm
Collection the artist

Seventeen Seconds 2005
Oil on panel
148 x 122 cm
Rennie Collection, Vancouver, Canada

Petrushka  2000–2002
Oil paint on acrylic and plaster, vitrine
125 x 60 x 60 cm
Collection David Teiger

The Revolutionary Corps of Teenage Jesus 005
Oil on panel
145.1 x 97.2 cm
Collection David Teiger

Asylums of Mars  2006
Oil on panel
156.5 x 122.6 cm (61.6 x 48.2 in)
Collection David Teiger