Glenn Brown Burlesque 2008
Glenn Brown
Burlesque 2008
Oil on panel
121 x 220 cm

The subjects in Brown’s paintings often exist in a state of decay, although perhaps none more so than those in this room. Through his use of colour, especially a putrid, festering hue of green, these subjects appear as though their life were draining away. One painter’s image has been conflated with another’s palette, transforming the cute (Edwin Henry Landseer’s dogs) into the deathly and a serene, tempting still life of apples into a rotting mass. Displaying characteristics of abject horror, occupying an uncertain and dream-like state between life and death, the transformation of these images through a veil of colour magnifies the shift that so often takes place to a painting when it is reproduced and falls victim to the inaccuracies of the printing process.

Works in this room

Burlesque 2008
Oil on panel
121 x 220 cm
Collection the artist

Youth, Beautiful Youth 2008
Oil on panel
153 x 121 cm
Collection the artist

The Angel of Monz 2003
Oil on panel
112 x 83 cm
Collection John L Townsend III, Greenwich

Anaesthesia 2001
Oil on panel
105.5 x 83 cm
Rennie collection, Vancouver, Canada

Joseph Beuys 2001
Oil on panel
96 x 79.5 cm
Private collection