Cecily Brown was born in London, England in 1969. Brown studied Art and Design at the Epsom School of Art in Surrey. She studied Drawing and Printmaking at Morley College in London, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Slade School of Art in London in 1993. Brown moved to the United States and had her first solo exhibitions in New York at Deitch Projects in 1997 and 1998. Both were met with critical and commercial success.
“Brown’s paintings combine figuration and abstraction. Expanding the tradition of abstract expressionism, she draws her influences from painters such as Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston and the Bay Area Figurative School of the 1950s and 1960s. Brown often titles her paintings after classic Hollywood films, such as The Pyjama Game, The bedtime Story and The Fugitive Kind. Sexuality and attraction are important themes in her work, which she explores through semi-figurative and abstract means.”
Brown’s work has been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial 2004 in New York, “The Triumph of Painting” at the Satchi Gallery, London and “Greater New York” at P.S. 1, New York. She has shown at galleries and museums including Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin, MACRO in Rome and Museum der Moderna, Salzburg. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, in Buffalo, New York and the Des Moines Art Center, in Des Moines, Iowa. Brown is currently represented by Gagosian Gallery.