James Brown

James Brown (*1951, Los Angeles, USA) is a contemporary artist who is based in Oaxaca (Mexico) and Paris. He studied at the Immaculate Heart College Hollywood and the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts Paris.

He was most well known in the 1980s for his rough painterly semi-figurative paintings, bearing affinities to Jean-Michel Basquiat and East Village painting of the time, but with influences from primitive art and classical Western modernism.

His work has taken on several styles over the years, but maintains a hand-made look combining concerns of the modernist tradition with motifs and spiritual interests from tribal art. Much of his work is a non-realistic but contains depictions or signs of recognizable faces or objects.
His work has been displayed among others at the Museum of Modern Art New York, Leo Castelli (New York), Centre d’Art Contemporain Bouvet-Ladubay Saumur (France), Lelong Paris, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz.

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