The Center Obelisk

The Center Obelisk, 1986

Joan Brown (1930-1990)

Ceramic Mosaic

Donated to the City of Beverly Hills


Brown's reputation was based on her intensely painted canvases that synthesized figurative imagery with the dynamic gestures of abstract expressionism. She created a body of work distinguished by its breadth and personal vision, even though her creative output was cut short by her premature death. She was a notable member of the "second generation" of the Bay Area Figurative Movement. She achieved prominence with a style of figurative painting that combined bright color, sometimes cartoonish drawing, and personal symbolism.


 
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