Renowned international artist Cecily Brown packed the Georgian Theatre at the Barrie Campus on Sept. 25 and shared tales of her work and inspiration with students, faculty and members of the art community.
“This was a fantastic opportunity for our students in the fine arts and design program to see an example of someone in the art world who is so well known for what they do,” said Ron McDonald, Dean of Georgian’s School of Design and Visual Arts. “In the art world, she would be considered to be someone of celebrity status. The level of her success is exceptional.”
Ted Fullerton, co-ordinator of Georgian’s Fine Arts program, has known Brown for many years and arranged for her to talk at Georgian. Born in 1969 in England, Brown has a great respect for art history and her works reveal her reverence for classical and abstract expressionist artists, while incorporating her distinct female viewpoint into her work. Brown showed slides of her work, answered questions about where her ideas come from and talked about the evolution of her work over the years.
Numerous art critics have commented that Brown is one of the most interesting artist/painters in the world today. Sexuality, lure and desire are important themes in her work, which she explores through semi-figurative and abstract paintings. She has exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide, including Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin, MACRO in Rome and Museum der Moderna, Salzburg. She is represented by Gagosian Gallery.
The event was part of the Fine Art Guest Artist Lecture Series, sponsored by the SDVA and the University Partnership Centre Speaker Series. It was also funded by a City of Barrie cultural grant.