Andrew Browne1960 - Visitation #1 2009
- oil on linen
Andrew Browne works primarily in painting, but also in photography, drawing and printmaking.
Since the 1980s he has developed imagery from both the natural and the man-made environment with a specific interest in investigating the phenomena of illumination, the poetics of the nocturne and the everyday, and a 'landscape alienated from the picturesque'.
Evoking an uncanny and at times strange and surreal mood, his work highlights an artificiality and subjectivity filtered through his relationship with observed phenomena, which he will then often isolate and abstract.
As such his practise emerges from a complex series of relationships that encompass this direct observation, as well as imaginative play and free association, a debt to the photographic, the historical and contemporary parameters of painting, and art history more generally - suggesting ongoing issues dealing with technological and social change and our at times ambiguous, bewildering and contradictory place within an evolving environment.
His works have been variously described as romantic, cool, eerie and spectral in quality, uncanny, iconic and emblematic, odd and engaging.
They have been identified as essentially psychic landscapes of apprehension, giving the impression of realism yet using, at times, the language of abstraction.
© Andrew Browne