Ada Pullini Brown

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Artist Statement:

I work in several representational genres, from figurative to still-life and landscape. Much of my work centers on the human condition, and role of women in various cultures.

The series entitled, Living Veiled, began with a funny and friendly encounter at an airport with a woman in a hijab. The work gave me an opportunity to investigate and understand the use of veils across cultures.

Another recent series, Migrants, is a reflection on displaced populations. Although humans have migrated since our first ancestors walked out of Africa millions of years ago, today we are faced with the highest levels of human migration since WWII; displaced by climate changes, earthquakes, political oppression, and war. How we respond is a reflection of our humanity. These figurative paintings incorporate pattern and color reminiscent of the cultures being represented.

As much as my work is a study of subject, paint and surface, it is also about the act of choosing to paint in this time and place.

Biography:

Ada Pullini Brown’s work is in private and public collections including the Prints & Drawing Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Visual Arts & Crafts Academy of Germiston, Johannesburg, South Africa, and the UC Santa Barbara Archives of Self-Help Graphics in Santa Barbara, CA. Ms. Brown’s work has been published in art and literary journals, zines and textbooks.

She earned a B.A. in Studio Arts from Queens College of the City University of New York, and an M.F.A. from the University of Houston, TX. Ms. Brown attended the Sarah Lawrence College School of the Arts in Lacoste, France as well as the Laguna College of Art & Design in California. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, has worked at Bob Blackburn’s printmaking studio in NYC, and participated in three atelier programs at Self-Help Graphics in Los Angeles. From 1995 through 2016 she was the creator and Director of ArTravel, the Brentwood Art Center Summer Abroad Program, bringing artists and students to paint with her in Europe. She is currently a tenured Professor of Painting & Drawing at Rio Hondo College.

In March of 2019 she was invited to participate in a curated print project at Self Help Graphics and Art, Dystopia/Utopia, and most recently her work has been exhibited at the SoLA Contemporary Gallery in Los Angeles.

She and fellow Brewery artist Jill Sykes are co-curators of the upcoming exhibition, Let Me Talk, opening April 18, 2020 at the Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale, CA.

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