Mary Brown, a contemporary painter based in the Bay Area, delves into a vibrant narrative exploring identity, self-reflection, and the intricate tapestry of motherhood through the lens of figurative realism. Her artistic exploration casts a spotlight on the unique individualities and the nuanced facets of her subjects, with an emphasis on women.
With a degree in biological anthropology from San Francisco State University, Mary's artistic journey evolved from a fusion of her academic roots and a deep-seated fascination with human nature. Her artistic pursuits began early, nurtured by the guidance of her great grandmother and grandmother, both extraordinary artists, who introduced her to the world of oil painting. Though Mary sustained a consistent practice in painting throughout her youth and indulged in various workshops and figurative drawing courses throughout her adult hood, she is primarily self-taught.
Transitioning into a full-time artist in 2022 after a successful career in Finance, Mary's dedication to her craft has been recognized within the art community. Mary was introduced to Chloe Gallery through founder, Amy Nelder. Mary’s work is exhibited alongside Amy’s at The de Young Open 2023.
Group Exhibitions, Publications, Features
2024 Upcoming - Women In Art: Great Artists Who Just Happen To Be Women, Chloe
Gallery, San Francisco
2023 - The de Young Open, The de Young Museum, San Francisco
2023 - Salmagundi Juried Figurative Exhibition, Jurors: Sharon Sprung + Dan Thompson
Salmagundi Club, New York
2023 - Afrontalo Exhibition, CSUSB Anthropology Museum, San Bernardino
2015 - Bass Guitar Paint & Pyrography, Imagine Dragons
2013 - Edible East Bay Magazine, Illustrations, Japanese Food Farm
2013 - Edible East Bay Magazine, Illustrations, The East Bay Avocado
2008 - Tiny Show, Studio Gallery, San Francisco
Lee Price, Portrait Workshop 2022
Portrait Painting Workshop NYAA, Kristy Gordon 2020
Character Design, Animation Collaborative 2013
CCA California College of the Arts, Figure Drawing 2013
UCLA Summer Session, Painting Studio 2006
San Francisco State University, Anthropology 2010