Celebrated Architect, Neave Brown, retrained in retirement as a fine artist, havingdrawn continuously throughout his life, despite choosing Architecture over Fine Art at 20 years old.
Brown continues to draw, mainly nudes, the lines and expressive gestures of which contrast with his layered, technical and considered prints and paintings, and deeply reflect his energy and creative intimacy with his artists’ tools.
“I have become reconciled with the differences in the groups of work I do; partly as a result of greater skill, experience and experiment; partly an increased sense of freedom.”
Brown’s primary influence throughout his practice has been the post-war New York School, subsequently with various overlays and influences.
“I have never felt comfortable with, or would assume the transcendental or ‘fundamental reality’ aspect of that early work (understandable after the war), nor art as meditation, nor concern with some spiritual state beyond the person – or at the other extreme, art as comment on perceived reality.
I prefer the sense of engagement and a sense of the threatened and untidy psyche; it’s internal dynamics and conflicts; a view of the simultaneity of complex self and complex world.”
Brocket Gallery are privileged to be the principal gallery representing Neave Brown’s work, and will feature key pieces from his recent portfolio.
Key Architectural Work
- Windscombe Street, London (1965)
- Fleet Road, London (1975)
- Alexandra Road, London (1978)
- The Zwolsertraat Development, The Hague, The Netherlands (1992)
- ‘Smalle Haven’, Eindoven, The Netherlands (2002
Key Exhibition Design
- Leger and Purism, Tate Gallery (1970)
- Robyn Denny Retrospective, Tate Gallery (1975)
- ‘Thirties’: Art & Design, Hayward Gallery (1978)
- Anthony Hill Retrospective, Hayward Gallery (1988)
- Le Corbusier: Architect of the Century, Hayward Gallery (1988)