William H. Brown
This is a posthumous exhibition arrnaged by his son Joshua and daughter Jess. It is a late entry and therefore does not appear on the brochure.
Bill Brown was born in March 1931, in Oakland, California. After studying and working as an artist in San Francisco during the 50s, Bill began to teach, while still painting, at the San Francisco Institute of Fine Art. His contemporaries and colleagues included Elmer Bischoff, Richard Deibenkorn, Wally Hendrick, Manuel Neri and many others.
Following his marriage to Toni in 1962, they travelled to Europe, living in Italy and Portugal, where Jessica and Joshua were born. They settled in Bristol in 1970 and with his experience of teaching, Bill took an active role in painting classes at the Royal West of England Academy for several years.
Bill died in 1980 age just 49, after 4 years deteriorating with a very rare form of pre-senile dementia. The lack of support organisations, or specialist teams, for families affected by dementia at the time of Bill’s death, is the reason for making this private collection available to view.
The paintings and drawings on show aim to demonstrate the progression of style over the years, with increasing detail and changes in subject. Moving towards his later work which begin to show changes in ability, to Bill’s last unfinished paintings, where dementia had deprived him of his painting ability.
Please note, there are several paintings with nude female figures.
Although none of Bill’s work will be for sale, we will be selling refreshments and taking donations to support Dementia UK.
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