Although identified with Chicago Imagism, Roger Brown (1941–1997) never forgot his Alabama roots, infusing dark, cartoon-like paintings with fire-and-brimstone religion, folkcraft, storytelling, no-nonsense politics, and big-city awe. A selection of nearly 40 of his paintings, together with childhood artifacts, works by artist-friends, and self-taught art, tell the story. This exhibition is curated by Sidney Lawrence and organized by the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.
(Top left) Roger Brown Sarajevo the Serbian Way, 1993
Oil on canvas. 72 x 48 in.
Roger Brown Permanent Collection,
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
(Top right) Roger Brown, Burned Hills 1997, 1997
Oil on canvas, 48 x 72 in. Roger Brown Permanent Collection,
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.