Glenn Brown's recreated historical paintings join Year of Art display at Upton House

By Ruth Hazard | 30 August 2012
Glenn Brown, The Concrete Children© Courtesy Glenn Brown
Exhibition Preview: Glenn Brown, Upton House, Warwickshire, September 2 2012 - January 6 2013
Upton House has declared 2012 its Year of Art, spending the past nine months showing off the impressive permanent collection gathered by former resident Walter Samuel the 2nd Viscount Bearsted, who brought the property in 1927.

During the first part of the year, Samuel’s incredible assemblage of English Art has been complemented by the work of Sigrid Holmwood, an artist who dresses in historically accurate costume from the 17th century and paints in front of the public in what she dubs "painted performances".

Starting on September 2, work by former Turner prize nominee Glenn Brown will make its debut at the National trust site, joining Holmwood and other artists from the collection, including El Greco and Pieter Bruegel.

Brown is known for using art historical references in his paintings, with former Tate director Christoph Grunenberg describing his practice as “an incessant mining of artistic traditions, historical techniques and conventions of representation”.

Appropriating the likes of Diego Velázquez, Anthony Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh, and Salvador Dali, Brown initially creates reproductions of historical paintings, but changes their colour, position and size to transform them into new creations.

Examples of his sculptural practice, which are included in the display at Upton House, evidence a similar approach, with the artist recreating existing metal or fibreglass foundations by applying extravagant paint strokes to change their form.
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