Alexandra Brown- artist
Alexandra Brown was born in London in 1971. After her foundation year at Wimbledon School of Art she chose to go and study art at The Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam as she had always wanted to explore her Dutch roots.
She graduated in 1998 as was chosen as one of seven students of the Rietveld for an exhibition to celebrate Simon den Hartog's 25 years as director of the Rietveld Academy at the Maria Chapel Gallery in Hoorn. For the next few years Alexandra lived, worked and exhibited in galleries in Holland before returning to London in 2001. Two of her works have been acquired by The Dutch Bank and her work was also shown at The Museum Van Loon in 2006 as part of an exhibition called "Spirito Y Carne" showing pieces from the collection of the Dutch Bank in the context of the museum's old art collection. After a few years in London, Alexandra moved to Bruton with her family. Her studio is at The Silk Mill in Frome.
Alexandra Brown works mainly in oils and with pastel on paper. Her themes are often feminist in nature from her monumental self-portraits to huge iconic Goddess heads. Presently her paintings are exploring the human tendency to look for meaning and sacredness in the natural world. These paintings are painted on panels on a background of distressed copper a medium she used first because of it's reference to Goddess Venus. The copper helps give the paintings an object-like quality as if they were part of a shrine in praise of the natural world and relating to all the stories, myths and beliefs that are bound up with our human past.