Leonard Brown gets his first major survey - Art Collector

From left: Leonard Brown, For the end of time (In regard to Cezanne's apples), 1992. Oil on linen, 152 x 122cm. Private collection; and Leonard Brown, Saints Sergius and Bacchus of Syria. Egg tempera and gold leaf on wood, 43 x 33cm. Private collection. Courtesy: the artist

21 September 2011 | A 30-year survey of the work of Leonard Brown is being staged by the Queensland University of Technology Art Museum.

This exhibition brings together over three decades of work from this important Queensland artist, offering a rare insight into Brown’s extraordinarily rich parallel practices as a painter in the Western tradition of abstraction and as an icon painter following Eastern orthodox religious traditions.

It’s the first time Brown’s contemporary works will be shown in conjunction with his orthodox iconography.

Last year the Brisbane-born painter won the Blake Prize for religious art. He has a long-standing interests in religion, being received into the Anglican church in 1966 but choosing a decade later to be baptised Russian Orthodox. For several years in the 1990s he also lived what he describes as an idiorhythmic monastic life.

Union with reality: The art of Leonard Brown at the Queensland University of Technology Art Museum runs from 27 October to 23 December 2011.

Jane O'Sullivan

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