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Jen Brown was born near Toronto, Canada in 1978. She holds a Master’s Degree in Art History and a Curatorial Diploma from York University in Toronto (class of 2004). She has lived in Japan and Mexico, and currently resides in Portland, OR, where she is active in the art community hosting a monthly salon, curating independently, lecturing at the People’s Colloquium, and exhibiting her work. She writes a daily blog on contemporary and historical Narrative Painting at www.instagram.com/narrativepainting. Brown is a self-taught painter; however her education in Art History bears insight into the subject and style of her narrative paintings. She is a finalist in the 2018 and 2019 Art Renewal Center’s annual Salon Competition and recently exhibited with Poets&Artists at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM). She has a solo show at Wolff Gallery in Portland in the Fall of 2019. Her work can be found in private collections in the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK, and Australia.

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Jen Brown (b.1978 Canada)

Education

York University, Master of Arts, Art History, 2004

York University, Diploma in Curatorial Studies, 2004

University of Waterloo, Bachelors Degree, Art History Honours, 2002

Awards

Finalist, Art Renewal Center Salon Competition, 2019

Finalist, Art Renewal Center Salon Competition, 2018

Finalist, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Competition, 2017

Best in Show, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR, 2017

Exhibitions

2019

Group Exhibition, Art Soup, Brassworks Gallery, Portland, OR

Group Exhibition, Caravaggio Died of the Jello Fever, The Secret Gallery, Astoria, OR

Solo Exhibition, The Allegories, Wolff Gallery, Portland, OR

Group Exhibition, Desire + Decadence, Gallery 114, Portland, OR

Group Exhibition, Painting Today, European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), Barcelona, Spain

Group Exhibition, She Flies with Her Own Wings, Salem Art Association, Salem, OR

2018

Group Exhibition, Pandora’s Box, Splendorporium, Portland, OR

Group Exhibition, Transformations, P5 Centers for the Arts, Portland, OR

Group Exhibition, The Artist’s Sketchbook, Elisabeth Jones Art Center, Portland, OR

Solo Exhibition, West Seattle Art Walk, Seattle, WA

Group Exhibition, Expose YourSELF in Art, Gallery 114, Portland, OR

Group Exhibition, Alchemy, Splendorporium Gallery, Portland, OR

2017

Group Exhibition, Reflections, P5 Centers for the Arts, Portland, OR

Group Exhibition, St Johns Art Walk, Cathedral Park Place Gallery, Portland, OR

Group Exhibition, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR

Group Exhibition, We Belong Here, Emerson Street House, Portland, OR

Two Person Exhibition, Mt Tabor Art Walk, Art Heads Gallery, Portland, OR

Group Exhibition, Unpresidented, Screaming Sky Gallery, Portland, OR

Group Exhibition, Unnatural Election, Kimmel Galleries at NYU, New York, NY

2016

Group Exhibition, San Antonio Art Walk, Los Arcos, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2015

Group Exhibition, Los 5, Los Arcos, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2014

Solo Exhibition, Dress Up, Teatro Santa Ana, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Collections

Works held in private collections in the US, UK, Mexico, Australia, and Canada

Publications

“Ambassador of the Week: Jen Brown.” Realism Today, 14 Oct 2019. Realism Today. https://realismtoday.com/narrative-oil-paintings-realism-jen-brown/ . 15 Oct 2019.

Pothier, Chris. “Jen Brown – Narrative Painter – Interview by the Lives of the Artists.” Youtube, The Lives of the Artists interview by Chris Pothier, 25 Sept 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEjPZtyQa6M

Menendez, Didi. “100+ Contemporary Figurative Artists on Instagram.” 01.Media. Aug 6, 2019. 01.media/100-contemporary-figurative-artists-on-instagram.

Memory Hole. Portland, The People’s Colloquium, 2019.

Various publications related to ‘Painting Today’ exhibition at the MEAM 2019 https://spark.adobe.com/page/5vpdOtpTWqHqa/?fbclid=IwAR0yvi2tCuRtqwMyq6Yk8V4dCHy6nu5lnK6nE6qSpusDmop2P1JvWxvYw3g

“The Tragically Hip.” Anastamos, Fall 2018, anastamos.chapman.edu/index.php/issues/issue-4-tangible/.

Brown, Jen. “The Allegory of Post-Truth” et al. 2017. Portland 2017: An Anthology, The People’s Colloquium, 2017, cover art et al.