Today we’d like to introduce you to Judith Brassard Brown.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Judith Brassard. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a Boston-based artist exhibiting my artwork currently at Kingston Gallery in SOWA where I lived, many years ago in an illegal loft. Now living in Dorchester in artist live work space we call Pearl Street Studios, I continue to make paintings while teaching at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly on the North Shore.
For many years, I’ve shown my work in and around Boston, was represented by Arden Gallery on Newbury Street, the RicePolak in Provincetown while having shows at the Danforth Museum, The Art Complex Museum, HallSpace and more. I’ve been fortunate to work with so many gifted artists and curators and connect with an audience who are engaged in looking and talking about visual work.
Italy has also played a significant role in my practice since founding a summer program in Viterbo over twenty years ago. This year I’ll be back there in July with students who take my landscape class or a course in Illustration, Travel Writing or Art History (www.montserrat.edu/travel). The history, quality of light, connection I have with particular sites and the life there play critical roles in my work.
Has it been a smooth road?
My experience is the challenges I’ve faced created opportunities for growth and change. Finding a way to balance making art and exhibiting with supporting myself was certainly intense in the earlier years if my professional life.
I love teaching and working with developing artists. Like many others, I taught as adjunct faculty but have been fortunate to be full-time faculty first at Northeastern and then at Montserrat. Being full-time offers more stability on all levels. But having a family was also a priority for me and keeping that as a priority added to the intensity.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Visual Artist at Kingston Gallery in Boston story. Tell us more about the business.
I am best known as a landscape painter though the paintings have a particular location and are researched, they are also abstracted and re-imagined. The paintings reflect on our common ground and concerns with the internal and external landscape of this human journey and following in the footsteps of others.
Shana Dumont Garr, a curator (she is currently at The Fruitlands Museum in Maynard, MA) writes of the work, “Brown’s tendency is to resolve conflict and seemingly disparate entities through image-building whether written, collaged, or painted.” writes curator Shana Dumont. “In her hands, memories and small revelations live with ancient concerns. Multiple, subjective realities coexist in images referencing both reality and dreams in her large scale mixed media oil and small egg tempera paintings.”
There is also a word/image piece, a story with fragments of the paintings in the current show, included with the exhibition. This show has also given me the opportunity to exhibit with pastels by Wendy Golberg, based in SF, and poet Martha Rhodes who’ll read from her latest book, The Thin Fence.
- Mixed Media paintings by Judith Brassard Brown are priced from $1800-4500
- Pastels by Wendy Goldberg are priced from $600-3000
- Dreams Within, word/image book is available at 15$ each
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