Jeff Brown received his MFA from the University of Guanajuato in Mexico, and his Master of Art Education at the Hartford Art School in Connecticut. He earned a BFA degree from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore. Brown was an artist representative for the Art Commission of the Pikes Peak Region, as well as a member of the board of trustees at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. He has also served on the advisory board and as the Chair of the Outdoor Sculpture Committee for the Colorado Springs City Museum, The Pioneers Museum. He has shown extensively throughout Colorado, California, and Taos, NM where he has a piece in the permanent collection of the Harwood Museum of Art. He is also represented in the permanent collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs, CO.
Jeff states, “Discarded bits of cultural ephemera, lost artifacts, corroded materials and time-worn weathered surfaces and patinas, evidence of nature’s ravaging effects– these are the particularly romantic and exotic sources that inspire my work. Many of my pieces are nostalgic and reminiscent of once-significant objects, often from my own childhood; a Cracker Jack toy ‘surprise,’ a discarded lead soldier or a fragment of foreign paper currency. The aesthetic criteria for a found object’s inclusion in my assemblage or collage is its venerable sense of time, wear and use with a feeling of origins from another time or far-away place. I’m after a sense of familiarity mixed with a feeling of rebirth and even a reaction of challenge or mystery with that which we would otherwise feel comfortable… that, and a purely aesthetic combination of materials, objects, and original artwork.”
Interview with Gina Gamboni at WHQR in Wilmington (November 2016).