Artist Cecily BrownOct 18, 2019
Cecily Brown - The Sleep Around and the Lost and Found (2014)
Photo: Jens Ziehe via Contemporary Fine Arts
London born painter Cecily Brown draws on a wide range of art historical references, from 17th century French Classicism to Abstract Expressionism. She has become known for a style suggestive of painters such as Willem de Kooning and Francis Bacon. Whereas De Kooning's and Bacon’s images of are often seen as objectifying women, Brown's work has been viewed as a feminist revival of these artists. Brown has persisted in her efforts to undermine the machismo of male artists before her, and has transformed what might easily be seen as sexism and prurience into an unapologetic examination of human nature, including sexuality, violence, and excess.