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Jan Brown

“Memory is the only place where no one ever dies” | 48″ x 168″ | Acrylic, 7 panels| 2015

Artist Statement

In 2010 Jan Brown began to explore abstract expressionism.  (Prior to this she was mostly representative in her work.)  She found she loved creating paintings where she wasn’t limited to just “reproducing” a likeness.   Color, emotion, line, texture, happy accidents, and much more allowed Brown to explore nonrepresentational work.  She found she could create an energy in her paintings that soon became her signature.   Abstraction freed her up to really begin to enjoy expressing emotion through paint.  Under the guidance of Meighen Jackson, she continued to explore the abstract.  In 2015, the figure called to her, and she’s been working to bring these two worlds, abstract and figurative, into one.

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Anton Art Center
Scarab Club

Artist Website + Social Media:
Instagram @janbrown90

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Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.