Gwendolyn Brown is an artist born and raised in Ellicottville, NY. She currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada as a fine artist. In 2018, Brown graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, where she received her BFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice with a minor in Drawing and Painting. She honed her skills at OCAD University’s Florence Off-Campus Studies Program in 2017, where she lived and created work in Italy for a year. Exhibiting and curating both nationally and internationally, Brown’s work has been shown in Italy, Canada and throughout the United States.
The artist’s work is driven by her interest in the simplistic movements we complete in our everyday lives. Working with the genre of still-life painting has allowed her to examine how fabrics can show the way humans touch and handle materials in our daily routine actions. Utilizing images of familiar objects and materials, Brown aims to evoke memories and psychological responses from the viewer that call our attention to what is overlooked. The artist’s hope is that her work creates a space of contemplation in which one can reflect on the ways that small details, like the fall of light on an object or the intricate formation of crinkled sheets, can transform the mundane.