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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Andrew Browne

b. 1960, Australia

Though predominantly a painter, Andrew Browne is also known for his works of photography, charcoal drawings, photogravure, intaglio, lithography and sculpture. Claiming diverse influences, including Jamie Hewlett (best known for creating the virtual band Gorillaz) and Akira Kurosawa (the influential filmmaker), Browne scrutinises the natural world and manmade interventions upon it, often fixating on minute details.

Much of Browne's work centres around an approach that he describes as an 'accumulation of glimpses'. The sense of amassed moments manifests in multiple ways, most clearly in his repetition of certain imageries through different media. For example, the abandoned balloon with a smiley-face in a forest that appears in the photographs From the Periphery #2 (2010), Smiley-Lost (2012), or #9 (2016), also features in the oil painting Deflated (2011). Utilising another medium to recreate similar compositions, Brown seeks to reach a greater understanding of the moment he has captured.

Gnarled tree branches are a common theme in Browne's drawings, paintings, and photographs. In the charcoal drawing #30 (2014), a branch is so highly stylised as to appear almost alien; its disorientation and uncanniness are emphasised by the tightly cropped framing—a common compositional strategy in Browne's work. In his oil painting A visitation (blue) (2015), Browne depicts a similar branch but with colour, including a blue sky that gradates into black in the bottom. Compared to the stark contrast of black and white in #30, the variations in focus and blur in the painting makes it possible to detect a sense of motion in the branch.

While Browne's tree branches convey a somewhat malevolent presence—a sentiment echoed in his charcoal works depicting water and waterfalls—other works cultivate a more hopeful and playful quality. In his 'Pavement' series (2016), the artist records small, odd, and banal moments that would otherwise be lost, pineapple ring discarded on a footpath in #11 (2016), slumped on top of its damp trace, or the small piece of rectangular wood somehow resting on a wire netting in #8 (2016). In the same series, however, works such as #9 with the smiley-face and #4 (2016), depicting a graffitied mask that peeks through a hole on a wooden fence, also point to a potentially destructive and unnecessary manmade intervention on nature.

Browne lives and works in Melbourne.

Casey Carsel | Ocula | 2018
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Featured Artworks

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Study for Spill #4 by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork Andrew BrowneStudy for Spill #4, 2018 Charcoal on paper
80.2 x 121 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Study after Fall #2 by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork Andrew BrowneStudy after Fall #2, 2018 Charcoal on paper
80.2 x 121 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Spill by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork Andrew BrowneSpill, 2018 Charcoal on paper
80.2 x 121 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Frozen by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork Andrew BrowneFrozen, 2018 Charcoal on paper
80.2 x 121 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Drawing by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork Andrew BrowneDrawing, 2018 Charcoal on paper
80.2 x 121 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Threhold by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork Andrew BrowneThrehold, 2018 Oil on linen
152 x 605 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Spill #4 by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork Andrew BrowneSpill #4, 2018 Oil on linen
151.5 x 110.5 cm
Tolarno Galleries
Spill #3 by Andrew Browne contemporary artwork Andrew BrowneSpill #3, 2018 Oil on linen
152.2 x 98.2 cm
Tolarno Galleries

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Andrew Browne, Spill at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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7 June–7 July 2018 Andrew Browne Spill Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, @50 Part 2 at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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28 July–12 August 2017 Group Exhibition @50 Part 2 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, @50 Part 1 at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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6–22 July 2017 Group Exhibition @50 Part 1 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

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To call Andrew Browne's practice 'disquieting' would, of course, be to say nothing new. In fact, a scan of the literature on his work shows that this, in some register or another, is about the only consistent thing said about his gothic greyscale drawing, painting and photography: it is disquieting, filled with suspense, dream-like, humming with...

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Andrew Browne, winner of the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize Related Press Andrew Browne, winner of the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize Tolarno Galleries : 12 June 2018

In a ceremony at Geelong Art Gallery on Friday 8 June, Andrew Browne was named the winner of the 2018 Geelong contemporary art prize for his work, The awakening. A biennial acquisitive award for contemporary painting with a cash prize of $30,000, the judging panel comprised Justin Paton (Head Curator of International Art, Art Gallery of New South...

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