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Kevin Brown San Francisco, California

Kevin R. Brown focuses on intimate details of the landscape accentuated by the golden hour. Drawing on his background as a Director of Photography for feature films, he first uses his camera to set the stage for his luminous paintings. He shoots landscape photos that he then heavily edits before painting the scene in his studio. Kevin grew up in Sacramento and Lodi, California, and says he began drawing almost before he could write. For years, Kevin limited his art to pastel portraits in one to three colors on toned paper, as he was born with mild red/green colorblindness. One day, a recipient of his portraiture challenged him to research a way around this limitation. Kevin says, "He asked, 'If you could paint, what kind of painting would you like to do?' I pointed to a calendar I'd seen earlier out of the corner of my eye and said, like that! It was a painting by George Inness." Kevin threw himself into studying the color wheel, color harmonies and design, ultimately formulating a way to create his glowing landscape paintings. Today, Kevin paints from a small home studio near the beach in San Francisco. He spends his free time hiking, shooting video and building software music synthesizers.

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    About The Artist

    Kevin R. Brown focuses on intimate details of the landscape accentuated by the golden hour. Drawing on his background as a Director of Photography for feature films, he first uses his camera to set the stage for his luminous paintings. He shoots landscape photos that he then heavily edits before painting the scene in his studio. Kevin grew up in Sacramento and Lodi, California, and says he began drawing almost before he could write. For years, Kevin limited his art to pastel portraits in one to three colors on toned paper, as he was born with mild red/green colorblindness. One day, a recipient of his portraiture challenged him to research a way around this limitation. Kevin says, "He asked, 'If you could paint, what kind of painting would you like to do?' I pointed to a calendar I'd seen earlier out of the corner of my eye and said, like that! It was a painting by George Inness." Kevin threw himself into studying the color wheel, color harmonies and design, ultimately formulating a way to create his glowing landscape paintings. Today, Kevin paints from a small home studio near the beach in San Francisco. He spends his free time hiking, shooting video and building software music synthesizers.

    Artist Statement

    An early realization upon embarking on the serious study of art is that there is a clear demarcation in the physical/optical appearance of paintings produced before the turn of the nineteenth century and those after; approximately around the time of the emergence of French Impressionism. Walking through the galleries of the Legion of Honor, where paintings can be viewed in clear chronological order, I noticed a rather sudden change in the depth and luminosity of the earlier works compared to later ones. Upon learning that this difference was due almost entirely to the change in the way paintings from these two eras were physically made (earlier works were built up in separate translucent and transparent, optically interactive layers; later ones almost always constructed of opaque strokes of paint that covered up previous touches), I began an extensive study of the history of painting techniques to discover the reason for the complex luminosity I so admired in the pre-Impressionist works, eventually developing a synthesis of techniques from several different eras of painting, based primarily on monochrome underpainting followed by transparent and translucent color layers.

    Since the layered approach to painting precludes plein air painting (outdoors before the subject), I take full advantage of my years of photography study (largely through the writings of Ansel Adams), several years as a custom printer in commercial photo labs (exercising subtle control of values to produce fine art prints for discerning professional photographers) and a decade of lighting study working on feature films as a Director of Photography, to create landscape photographs that inspire the paintings produced in the studio. These images are 're-imagined' with image editing software to optimize them for use as inspiration for a painting - optimizing value balances, critical cropping, reducing or eliminating distracting and irrelevant details, shifting the placement of key compositional elements, and so on.

    My preferred subjects are small intimate details of the landscape, rather than broad vistas, inspired often by the glowing effects of grasses and foliage illuminated from behind in the late afternoon or early morning.

    Artist Background

    City College of San Francisco
    Bachelor of Science, 1982

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