Born in Cowra in 1945, Bill Brown attended the National Art School in Sydney, graduating in 1967 a with Diploma in Painting and Drawing. He taught drawing and painting at the National Art School from 1970 to 2009 and previously at the University of Sydney and Sydney College of the Arts. Brown's work has been the subject of two major retrospectives in 1984 at the Drill Hall in Canberra and in 2014 at S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney. He has held more than 20 solo exhibitions including at Rudy Komon Gallery, Rex Irwin Art Dealer and Macquarie Galleries. He is now proudly represented by Janet Clayton Gallery. Brown's work has featured in numerous prestigious group exhibitions, including Australian Perspecta, the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW and the 4th Biennale of Sydney. His work is held by all major Australian public art collections, including The Art Gallery of NSW, the National Gallery of Australia, State and Federal Parliament House Collections, South Australian Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as many regional art galleries, corporate and private collections.
I have adopted the open approach, with its delayed sense of arrival, as the best way to allow the painting process its fullest means of defining the psychological and psychic quality of the imagery. Each painting brings its own set of unique problems that need to be individually resolved. This is achieved via a process of discovery and rejection, sometimes fierce and cathartic, sometimes tender and joyous, across a seemingly inchoate and open array of possibilities in idea, form, colour and emotional response.
This open array allows the imagination, at play, to fuse these diverse elements in the actions of the painting, as it seeks to collect, enhance and orchestrate their reciprocal and suggested connections, in a responsive game of 'call and answer'.