Bob Brown, Contemporary Abstract Artist

Abstract artist Bob Brown in Anna Maria, Florida

In life, as in art, there is always more to any one thing than meets the eye. This is true of Bob Brown’s complex and colorful abstract paintings, and it is true of the artist himself. For over thirty years, Brown worked secretly on his paintings and drawings.  It wasn’t until a few years ago that he shared this labor of a lifetime with a longtime friend who recognized the originality, fun, and brilliance of his constantly evolving style and convinced him to share his talent with the world.

For much of his adult life, Brown’s life revolved around motorsports: he was a driver, a team member, a team owner, and ultimately the founder of a sports sponsorship company in Charlotte, North Carolina. His work took him all over the country, from New York to San Francisco, but he still found time to study art privately until he settled in Boca Raton, Florida. His work also exposed him to a palette of bright colors all working together, an influence that can still be found in his art today. In his world, as in nature, all colors “work” in any combination.

Brown primarily paints in acrylic on linen, canvas or wood.  He is very directed by color and rarely knows what he’s going to paint when he begins, a process he calls “painting by mistake”. He chooses colors that suit him at whatever moment he starts work and gets them on the canvas – then he just lets out whatever he sees in the colors and in his head. The work you see on this website is representative of an artist who goes his own way.  Brown breaks rules and does what he wants and the results are spectacular.

In the three years since Brown has taken his work public, he has received countless accolades. In his first year in the public eye, artist and former First Lady of Florida Rhea Chiles gave him a show at her gallery, The Studio at Gulf and Pine which nearly sold out. He is now a Resident Artist there. Brown won a juried competition at the Boca Raton School of Art, which he attended for 3 years and took first prize: his winning painting was exhibited at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. He was also selected to exhibit at the juried Creators and Collectors Show at The Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, and he was also chosen to exhibit a painting at the prestigious international show Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

After two years of booming independent art sales and widespread gallery representation throughout the state of Florida, Brown and business partner Janet Aubry, a career marketing executive, decided to take the plunge and open a gallery of their own. Friends since the age of 14, Brown and Aubry opened Bob Brown Art Gallery in October, 2012 in the historic Anna Maria Island Green Village on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria, Florida. The gallery is a bustling place, filled with Brown’s vibrantly original art. People from all over the world have visited the gallery space and gone home with stunning abstract paintings. Private collectors, professional designers, and amateur art aficionados alike have all gravitated towards the brightness and new promise of Brown’s one-of-a-kind artwork. There is no question this natural born artist who does it his way knows how to connect with people through his work in a very positive way.