Julian Brown British, b. 1974


Julian Brown was born in 1974 and lives and works in London & Brighton. He studied at Liverpool John Moores University, England (1993–96) and Royal Academy Schools, London (1998–2001). In 2016 he was selected for the John Moores Painting Prize and in 2012 was shortlisted for the Marmite Prize in Painting IV (2012–13). Brown has exhibited his work nationally and internationally with solo shows in both London and China.



1993-1996 Liverpool John Moores University 

1998-2001 Royal Academy Schools, London 



Recent Solo Shows

8th July - 8th August 2017 Future Islands, Yantai Art Museum, Shangdong Province China 

3rd - 8th Aril 2017 Mono Fauna Julian Brown at Westminster Arts Reference Library 

11th April - 19th May 2016 A "Sense of Wonder" Solo Show York College Gallery 

6th Sept - 5th Oct 2013 Julian Brown at The Mayor's Parlour, Bow Road London

4th - 31st January 2014 Julian Brown at St Marylebone Crypt - Part of the contemporary British Painting Series


Recent Group Shows 

1st -31st March 2020 Beyond Other Horizons - Iasi Palace of Culture, Romania  

1st Nov - 30th Nov 2019 Mountain Size - Pineapple Black Gallery Middlesbrough 

15th March - 9th June 2019 Made in Britain - National Museum of Gdansk Poland

22 Sept - 27th Oct 2018 Touch - Julian Brown, Celia Cook, Jane Harris & Mali Morris. Candida Stevens Gallery

17 - 21st Jan 2018 London Art Fair, Candida Stevens Gallery, Islington 

9th July 2017 - 10th January 2018 Contemporary Masters 80 painting from BritainYantai Art Museum 9th July - 8th Aug 2017, Nanjing Artall Gallery 10 - 27th Oct, Jiangsu Art Museum 29 - 16th Nov, Tianjin Academy of Fine Art 1 Dec - 10 Jan 2018

25th Feb - 25th March 2017 We Live Now, Julian Brown & Emily Ball at Candida Stevens Gallery Chichester 

1st -14th Jan 2017 Painting Experiment China Academy of Art Museum, Hangzhou, Shanghai

9th July - 27th November 2016 John Moores Painting Prize 2016 Walker Gallery Liverpool 

2016 East Sussex Open the Towner Gallery - Summer 2016

20th September - 6th November 2016 Who's afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue OBS Gallery Tonbridge 

Oct 2015 - May 2016 Contemporary British Watercolour touring venues include Maidstone Museum, Antrim museum, Biderford Devon

Nov 2015 Contemporary British Drawing Xian Institute of Fine Arts China 

London 28th Feb - 11th April 2015 Contemporary British Abstraction The Container Gallery SE9 

Nov 2014 - March 2015 @PaintBritain at Ipswich Art School 

Nov 2014 - March 2015 Priseman Seabrook Collection Huddersfield Art Gallery 

Dec 2014 Contemporary British Painting Group Show St Marylebone Crypt 

May 2014 Signal Over Noise / Don't Split the Focus Pictorem Gallery London 

Dec 2013 Contemporary British Painting Group Show St Marylebone Crypt 

Oct 2013 Freeze at The Mayor's Parlour, Bow Road London 

1st August - 8th September 2013 Plus Space Coventry 'Without an Edge there would is no Middle' 


Selected for the Marmite Painting Prize at the following venues

Central Gallery Tameside on the 14th Dec 2012 - 16th Feb 2013

Mackintosh museum Glasgow 1st March 2013 - 6th April 2013

Ruskin Gallery Cambridge 12th April - 10th May 2013

The Gallery at Plymouth Art College 20th May - 14th June 2013

Tannery Arts at Drawing Room London 28th June - 20th July 2013

Exhibiting in Stars on Canvas 22nd Nov - 2nd Dec 2012. Public exhibition 29th Nov 1st Dec at Maddox Arts, 52 Brookes Mews, London

Phantoms - Angus Hughes Gallery, London 11th May - 3rd June 2012. Curated by Julian Brown & Claude Vergez

Selected for the emergancy5 biennial exhibition at the Aspex gallery Portmouth. Exhibition dates 22nd October 2011 - 8th January 2012

2010 - Aspex gallery Portsmouth



Yantai Art Museum China

Falmouth Art Gallery

Abbott Hall Collection

Prizeman Seabrrok Collection

China Academy of Art Museum Hangzhou

Shanghai, Soho House



The imagery in my work is very heavily influenced by nostalgic visions of the 1980s and the folk art from my mother Polish heritage. Both of these worlds have a handmade geometric quality that has a playful and primitive relevance to the world we now live in.


I try to explore this clunkiness’ with tactile images that sit somewhere between order and chaos, structure and collapse, expression and control. While the underpinning of the process is held together by predetermined structures, the freewheeling application is purposely engaging and ambivalent to the expressive urge to dictate the paintings.