// Work

Barbara Brown is a California-based artist exploring in figurative work and the environment. She is influenced by John Singer Sargent, Johannes Vermeer, Egon Shiele, Lucian Freud, Antonio Lopez Garcia and the art of the Byzantine. The expressive hand which creates energy and communicates liveliness in images but which are sometimes profoundly still inspire her. Vermeer’s use of color and light, coupled with his highly refined techniques—she finds inspirational. She loves Egon Shiele’s linework and rough color application, as well as Lucian Freud’s powerful and evocative painterly techniques. She is inspired by the juxtaposition of the flat graphic portraits of the Byzantine against the energy and richness of the golden backgrounds.

// Selected Exhibitions

  • Exhibited Laguna College of Art and Design
    2013 Student Show, 2012 Holland and France (also my piece was chosen as marketing image for exhibit promotions)
  • Exhibited Laguna Art Museum
    2012 Plein Air Invitational – Next Generation Paint Out
  • Exhibited Orange County Fair
    2012, 2013 Fine Arts - three pieces were selected
  • Sylvia White Gallery Juried Show
    2011 International Juried Exhibition at the Sylvia White Gallery - of over 1800 entries, two pieces, “Between” and “When” where chosen.
  • Exhibited Ventura County Fair Juried Show
  • Exhibited UCSB Student Show

// Contact

Barbara Brown
791 Colina Vista, Ventura, CA 93003
(805)216-1473 cell (805)658-2080 home

Laguna College of Art and Design, studies in process
University of California, Santa Barbara, Bachelors Degree, Fine Arts 1977

// Teaching

University of California, Santa Barbara Extension 1995-2005 Instructor, Graphic Design