The Artwork of Lyndell Brown and Charles Green

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Spiral Jetty from Mountain

Lyndell Brown and Charles Green. Spiral Jetty from Mountain, October 2004, 2006, oil on linen, 31 x 31

Boatload of Despair

Lyndell Brown and Charles Green. Boatload of Despair, 2006, oil on linen, 31 x 31

Spiral Jetty, Sunset

Lyndell Brown and Charles Green. Spiral Jetty, Sunset, October 2004, 2006, oil on linen, 31 x 31

 

Arcadia

Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, Arcadia, 2001, lightjet print on duraclear film, 104cm x 104cm
edition of six, printed by Sandra Barnard, Sydney. Courtesy GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney and ARC one gallery, Melbourne.

 

Galatea Point (Elemental Landscape)

Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, Galatea Point (Elemental Landscape), 2006, oil on linen, 152 x 152

Ghost Story (Elemental Landscape, 1970-1975

Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, Ghost Story (Elemental Landscape, 1970-1975), 2006, oil on linen, 151 x 151 cms.

History Painting

Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, History Painting, 2004, lightjet print on duraclear film, 104cm x 104cm.
edition of six, printed by Sandra Barnard, Sydney. Courtesy GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney and ARC one gallery, Melbourne.

The Painters' Family

Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, The Painters' Family, 2007, oil on linen, 185 x 185 cms.

Sleep 2

Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, Sleep 2, 2002, lightjet print on duraclear film, 104cm x 104cm
edition of six, printed by Sandra Barnard, Sydney. Courtesy GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney and ARC one gallery, Melbourne.

Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, Styx, 2006, oil on linen, 151 x 151 cms.

Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, Transformer, 2005, lightjet print on duraclear film, 104cm x 104cm
edition of six, printed by Sandra Barnard, Sydney. Courtesy GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney and ARC one gallery, Melbourne.

 

Wild Nights

Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, Wild Nights, 2005, lightjet print on duraclear film, 104cm x 104cm
edition of six, printed by Sandra Barnard, Sydney. Courtesy GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney and ARC one gallery, Melbourne.

Lyndell Brown, born 1961, Melbourne
Charles Green, born 1953, Melbourne

Since 1989, Lyndell Brown and Charles Green have worked in collaboration. They have held more than 24 solo exhibitions and have been included in more than 35 group exhibitions, and are represented in most major Australian collections. In early 2007 they were Australian Official Artists, working on location for the Australian War Memorial with the Australian Defense forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Gulf.

They are represented by Arc One Gallery, Melbourne and GRANTPIRRIE, SYDNEY.

They have participated in several national and international curated group exhibitions including "Tranquility", (Art Gallery of New South Wales, and M.Y. Art Prospects, New York, 2005, with Rose Farrell & George Parkin), Photographica Australis (ARCO Madrid, National Gallery of Thailand, National Gallery of Singapore, 2003-2004), and Tales of the Unexpected (National Gallery of Australia, 2002). In the latter exhibition's publication, curator Dr Deborah Hart argued ("Illusory Worlds," 24) that, "The notion of specific imagery overlapping and unfolding not only within each work but from one work to another—the concept of the dynamogram that the artists have located in iconologist Aby Warburg's late writing—suggests the profound continuity of experience implicit in Brown's and Green's art". They have sought out collaborations with other artists, most recently with Rose Farrell & George Parkin ("Tranquility"), and with Patrick Pound (in several exhibitions including Sanctuary—and other island fables, Herring Island Park, Melbourne, 2002), which prompted an extended essay on their work in the Melbourne Age and then in Meanjin by eminent Australian novelist, Alex Miller ("The Artist as Magician"), pointing out that their contribution lay in reconceptualizating the Australian artist's place in the lineage of European culture from the context of their long-term research and travel in Asia. There is an extensive literature of essays and reviews on their work including: Blair French (Tranquility, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005, 4), "In these small theatres of suspended reality, hallucinations and dreams are not conditions of escape but urgent performative undertakings through which history, society and the self fleetingly come into focus"; Robert Nelson (Age, 1999), "Lyndell Brown and Charles Green are the subtlest artists in Australia"; Kim Levin (Village Voice, New York, 2000), "smart and subtle"; Jeanette Hoorn (Art and Australia, 1998), "Through yielding to the spectator the experience of the marvelous that controls the discourses of the sublime, Brown and Green force the spectator to take on the position of the imperial subject. In so doing they force a postcolonial critique. While reinscribing the romance of desire they at the same time subtly undermine it"; Helen McDonald, (Erotic ambiguities: the female nude in art, Routledge, N.Y., 2001, 209), "Finally, by reinventing painting as a discursive process of hybridization, Brown and Green rebuffed the 1980s prejudice against the medium, unsettling the view held by many deconstructive feminists that painting is irrevocably saturated with patriarchal meanings"; Peter Conrad (At Home in Australia, (Thames & Hudson and National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2003, 246), "glimpses of Australia's unconsciousness, and possibly previews of the society that is in the process of becoming."

They are represented in collections that include National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of West Australia, University of Melbourne Vizard Foundation, University of Sydney, University of Western Sydney, King's School, Trinity College, McClelland Regional Gallery and several other regional galleries and curated corporate collections in Australia, United States, Spain, Germany, India, Japan and Canada. They have received many prizes and grants including: 2004 Presentation Grant, Australia Council; 2004 Gold Medal, Bangladesh Biennale, Dacca; 2002 New Work Grant, Australia Council; 2002 Arts Development Grant, Arts Victoria; 2002 Parks Victoria Residency; 1998 Gunnery Residency, Arts NSW; 1997 Asialink/Sanskriti Residency, Delhi; 1995 Power Institute Studio, Cité des Arts, Paris; 1995 Travel Grant, Australia Council; 1995 King's School Prize; 1993 Visiting Fellow, University of Western Sydney.

Lyndell Brown has a PhD from the University of New South Wales. Charles Green is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Melbourne and has a PhD from the University of Melbourne. He has written 2 major books (Peripheral Vision: Contemporary Australian Art 1970-94, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1995); The Third Hand: Artist Collaborations from Conceptualism to Postmodernism, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2001), and has been Australian correspondent for Artforum for many years. As Adjunct Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria, he worked as a curator on Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968-2002 (2002), world rush_4 artists (2003), "2004: Australian Visual Culture" (ACMI/NGVA, 2004), and "2006 Contemporary Commonwealth" (ACMI/NGVA, 2006).