John C. Brown

John Brown’s seductive paintings are brief evocative descriptions of the real life scenes that catch his eye

as he travels; whether in his native Scotland, Cuba,Turkey or Vietnam his sketchbook is always close at

hand. Back in the studio the enjoyable process of bringing to life his travelling sketches begins. Paint

and mixed media materials are carefully considered and methodically layered on the canvas, sanded

back and layered again to create the surface from which will eventually emerge the painting. An

accomplished colourist, his palette and compositions, whether abstract or figurative, reveal an exquisite

sensitivity to the light, space and form of his various chosen locations.  Scottish Art Scene have featured him this month in their fabulous online magazine.  Read it here.

John Caldwell Brown

Scotland offers a terrain of monumental, almost mythic proportions that inspires Scottish painter John Brown’s landscape paintings, works begin as landscape and merge into abstract as they become invaded by the spirit of the place.  However, he not content to stay put in a cold climate for long. Brown, is a traveler, who searches and is inspired by colourful cultures and hot climates where he can translate subjects into textural and saturated coloured canvasses.

He will sit and make drawings while traveling and on his return to his studio he will begin the process of making the paintings:   Pip Palmer (2009) describes: They are built up in layers with a collage of fabric and scraps to create an underlying composition, a ‘scaffolding’ over which layers of paints are applied, then scratched back with the end of a brush, fingernails or whatever come to hand before being applied again to produce a textured, almost visceral picture surface.   

Brown admires Rauschenberg and de Kooning both prime movers of New York Abstract Expressionism, acknowledging, also an empathy with Howard Hodgkin’s who works to capture the essence of his subject.

1945 Born in Scotland

1963-68 Glasgow School of Art Graduated D.A. in Drawing and Painting

One Person Exhibitions


 Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow


 Moray House, Edinburgh


 The Torrance Gallery,Edinburgh


 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh


 Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London


Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London


Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh


Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London


Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London


John Davies Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold

Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London


Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh


John Davies Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold

Richmond Hill Gallery, London


The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh


Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London

Richmond Hill Gallery, London


The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh


Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London


Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London


The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Lemon Street Gallery, Truro


Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, London

Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen


The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Lemon Street Gallery, Truro



The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh




Royal Academy - Landscape Studentship Award



Royal Scottish Academy - Maclaine Watters Bronze Medal



Glasgow School of Art - Post Diploma Exhibition - Highly Commended



Royal Scottish Academy - Carnegie Travelling Scholarship



Travelling Scholarship to European countries



Royal Glasgow Institute of fine Arts - James Torrance Award



Society of Scottish Artists and Artists Craftsmen - Arts Club Award



Society of Scottish Artists and Artists Craftsmen - Scottish Provident Award



Heinzel Gallery Award



Elected Member of Visual Arts Scotland



Elected Member of Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour



Alexander Graham Murnro Award - RSW


En Plein Air prize from Paisley Art Institute


RSW Council Award Residency, Collioure France Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Association Prestigious Print commissioned by Art in Healthcare


Works Purchased by



Robert Fleming Holdings Ltd



Scottish Life Assurance Co. Ltd



John Menzies plc



Korean Embassy



Lillie Art Gallery



University of Edinburgh



British Steel



Dunfermline Building Society



Kuwait Royal Family



Hugh Martin & Partners



Royal Bank of Scotland

Aida Cherfan Gallery, Beruit


Aberdeen Assets 

Works in Private Collections



Britain, Canada, France, Lebanon, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland,  and the USA


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