Jo Brown, Painter
Paper and mixed media collage (2013)PhotographyConcordJo Brown, "Light" (©2014)Jo Brown, "Ease,"  5" x 7" oil on archival canvas board [ref#9.4.13.2] 11am Skaket Orleans flood tide IMG_9249Jo Brown, "Still," 10" x 8" oil on archival canvas board [ref#9.6.13.3] 6pm Wellfleet Duck Creek low tide IMG_9234Jo Brown, "Vantage,"  (©2013) 8" x 10" oil on archival canvas board [ref#9.3.13.1] Jo Brown, "May Day," (© 2013) 8" x 10" oil on archival canvas board [ref.# 5.1.13.6] Jo Brown, "Anticipation" (©2013) 5" x 7" oil on archival canvas board [ref #9.19.13.2] Jo Brown, "Flood Tide" (© 2013)
[Ref. # 9.10.13.1]Jo Brown, "September" (© 2013) 
[Ref. # 9.4.13.4]Jo Brown, "Peach with two leaves," (© 2013) 8" x 10" oil on archival canvas board 08.27.13.1Jo Brown, "Peace," (© 2013) Jo Brown, "Tornado" (copyright 2011) 8" x 16" oil on archival canvas board.Jo Brown, "Harbinger" (copyright 2010) oil on archival canvas board 12" x 16"Jo Brown, Big Pink Cloud (© 2011)Jo Brown, "Construction" (©2013) 18" x 24" paper and mixed media on woodJo Brown, Sunflower II, (© 2010) oil on archival canvas boardJo Brown, Sunflower I (© 2010), oil on archival canvas boardJo Brown, House (2009) oil on archival canvas boardJo Brown, "Cloud Lanes," (2011) oil on archival canvas boardJo Brown, "Big Pink Cloud," (2011), oil on archival canvas boardJo Brown, "Fog," oil on archival canvas board SOLDJo Brown, "Mackerel Sky," (2011) oil on archival canvas board.Jo Brown, "Harbingers," oil on canvas board, 8" x 16" (2011)Jo Brown, "Storm," oil on canvas board, 8" x 16" (2010)Jo Brown,"Watershed," oil on canvas board, 10" x8" (2010)Jo Brown, "Salt Flats," (Cape Cod, MA) oil on canvas board, 8" x 16" (2010)Jo Brown, "Gratitude," 2011Jo Brown, "Peach," (2011) oil on archival canvas boardJo Brown, "Solo," oil on archival canvas board, 8" x 10" (2010) "Portrait in Red" Jo Brown, "Perfection," oil painting on archival canvas board, 8" x 10" (2010)
How do we injure and punish one another, by law? We deprive each other of access to the beauty and bounty of nature. How do we injure one another extrajudicially? By failing to see each other as beautiful, and therefore worthy of respect, honor, and protection. In this failure, we become ourselves less worthy, less just, less beautiful.

Beauty repairs the world by helping us to see. It trains our attention and forces us to look outside ourselves, the first requirement of empathy, and therefore of justice.

Beauty impels us to create, endlessly, until eventually there will be “enough.” But there is already enough, if we can see it. This is why I put myself out there, exposed to the elements. Realism, naturalism, places us in the embrace of nature, in its reassurances about nature’s greatness and our own smallness. It urges me toward unselfishness and humility, toward justice.


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Artist Bio

Educated in fine arts at Yale, Jo Brown studied sculpture with Erwin Hauer, painting with the late Bernard Chaet, the teacher of Richard Serra and Chuck Close, among many others. Her advisor was the celebrated painter William Bailey, an heir to Giorgio Morandi. At Yale, Jo Brown worked extensively in photography, and appreciated the work of photographers Paul Strand, Edward Weston, and Walker Evans, and painters Mark Rothko, Ad Reinhardt, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, and Edward Hopper. As a landscape painter she is self-taught, and counts Fitz Hugh Lane, John Frederick Kensett, Mary Cassatt, Edouard Vuillard, Giorgio Morandi, Mark Rothko, and the Dutch and Flemish seascape painters as major influences. She lives in her favorite place, Baltimore.

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