Joan Brown

San Francisco native Joan Brown has been regarded as one of the most celebrated figurative expressionist painters of her time. Born in the Bay Area in 1938, Brown earned her degree at the California School of Fine Arts where she developed her signature style of quick lines and a heavy color palette. Her subject matter was continually inspired by her personal life and spiritual enlightenment which she became very interested in in her later years.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1958 San Francisco Museum of Art
1961 David Stuart Galleries
1961 Staempfli Gallery
1968 Hansen Fuller Gallery
1971 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1974 Berkeley Art Museum
1976 Re:Vision Gallery
1979 University Art Museum, Berkeley
1979 San Jose Museum of Art
1983 Art Gallery, Mills College
1984 Creative Growth Gallery
1992 Berkeley Art Museum
1994 Gallery Paule Anglim
2004 George Adams Gallery

Selected Group exhibitions

1957 Richmond Art Center
1960 The Whitney Museum of American Art
1963 M.H. de Young Memorial Museum
1969 The Whitney Museum of American Art
1975 The Oakland Museum of California
1976 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1977 Museum of Modern Art for the Hague, Amsterdam
1981 San Jose Museum of Art
1984 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1988 Crocker Art Museum
1990 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
2007 Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

Selected Public Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Whitney Museum of American Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Los Angeles County Museum
The Oakland Museum of California
University Art Museum, Berkeley
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
American Federation of the Arts