Cecily Brown creates lush, visceral canvases based on a combination of figuration and abstraction. Her technical proficiency has earned her comparisons to Lucian Freud, Willem de Kooning, and Francis Bacon, yet it is her unique ability to convey the pleasurable and fleeting aspects of sensation that drive her work.Cecily Brown rapidly rose to success in the late 1990's, and was credited with having contributed to the resurgence of painting at the turn of the millennium. With a visual repertoire indebted as much to the classical themes of the old masters as to porn magazines and Hollywood films, Brown's paintings challenge traditional interpretations and compel us to reconsider the act of painting from a decidedly feminine viewpoint.
Cecily Brown was born in London in 1969. Her work has been exhibited at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among other institutions. Dore Ashton is currently professor of art history at the Cooper Union in New York. Lari Pittman is a Los Angeles-based painter. His works have been exhibited nationally and internationally.