Melissa Brown has been the subject of solo exhibitions in New York City at Magenta Plains, Bellwether, CANADA, Kansas, Essex Flowers and, internationally, at Kenny Schacter, Rove in London and Roberto Paradise in San Juan. She has exhibited as part of group shows at Mass Moca, Musee International des Arts Modestes in France, Loyal, Petrella’s Imports, Andrew Edlin, Gavin Browns Enterprise, Klaus von Nichtssagend, and Winkleman. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art Forum, Art in America, Hyper Allergic, Art News, the Art Newspaper, Time Out New York, White Hot Magazine, to name a few. She was awarded the Joan Mitchell grant for painting in 2012.
Fascinated by patterns and drawing influence from sources high and low—including lottery tickets, painted fingernails, landscape painting, and ukiyo-e prints—Melissa Brown explores form and perception in her lushly layered prints, paintings, and mixed-media works. Her training as a printmaker, working primarily with woodcuts (which she describes as “the most archaic form of printmaking”), informs her interest in repetition and its meaning. As she describes: “I’m interested in using and thinking about repeats. What it means to make a repeated image. Or, use that to some sort of advantage, or meaning, or significance.” Brown is particularly focused on the repetitive patterns found in natural and urban environments. Skillfully combining abstraction and representation, she produces landscape scenes touched with surrealism, full of floating rocks, undulating waves, radiant skies, and trees covered with bark composed of expressive faces.