Ashlynn Browning

Born in 1977 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Ashlynn Browning is an American abstract painter whose work merges organic and geometric forms through an open ended process of layering. She lives and works in Raleigh (North Carolina, USA).

Browning earned a BA in Studio Art and English at the Meredith College of Raleigh (NC, USA) and, in 2002, a Master of Fine Art in Painting and Printmaking at the university of North Carolina at Greensboro (NC, USA).

Browning used to work almost exclusively on paper (up until around 2006), using graphite, charcoal, oil pastel and then mixing those media with paint and collage. Over time, panels began to take over and the paper disappeared, whilst she started to focus almost exclusively on oil painting.

Ashlynn Browning uses a classical Abstract Expressionist approach to painting: Making a mark, responding to that mark, etc. The only “calculated” part of her work is where she will let a layer sit for a while and just look at it over a period of days, thinking about her next move. That calculated choice may or may not remain in the final piece, but it is still an important part of the process. So in the end, the painting contains a cumulative effect of thoughtful decisions and purely felt acts.

Whilst Browning’s paintings come about intuitively and are first about paint, much about her own experiences in particular, the human psyche in general is also present within them. Her recurring use of grids, networks, and, since 2013, stacked forms, may recall architectural structures, but these are only created in response to the paint as she works, instinctively.

Colors, which play a very important part in Browning’s paintings, will also vary depending on her feelings or interests of the moment (nature, fashion trends, or art historical preferences). However, in practice, they will rarely be primary colors, and there will almost always be some Guston pink in her work.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2014
New Geometric Constructs, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
2013
Macro, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC
Ashlynn Browning: New Paintings, Twin Kittens Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2011
Personal Geometries, UNC-Greensboro, Elliott Center Gallery,
Greensboro, NC
Geometry Personified, Gallery 80808/Vistas Studios, Columbia, SC
2010
Meet Ashlynn Browning, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC
Hexagons, Grids & Webs, Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC
2009
building/burning/growing- part II, Siskate Gallery, Charlotte NC
2006
New Mixed Media Works, Rotunda Gallery, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
2005
New Drawings, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
Angular Existence, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC
Uniquely Human, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
2
2014
Surfaces + Structures, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Group December Show, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Foundations, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Across the Board, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC
Real Beauty, Carroll Square Gallery, Washington, DC
Pairs, Proto Gallery, Hoboken, NJ
2013
The December Show, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Independents, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
2012
New Angles, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Geometry, Carrboro Town Hall, Carrboro, NC
Contemporary Carolina Abstraction, Gallery 80808/Vista Studios,
Columbia, SC
2011
Winter Show, Green Hill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC
Faction, ArtStreet Gallery, University of Dayton, OH
Collective Consciousness, Artspace, Galway, Ireland
Carolina's Got Art, (traveling exhibition), Arts & Heritage Center, N.
Augusta, SC
Striking Balance, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
New Works: Annual Juried Exhibition, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
2010
Carolina's Got Art, Juried Exhibition, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Unwrap Your Mind, THAT Gallery, Hong Kong
Color Fields, Forms & Fractures, if ART Gallery, Columbia SC
Geometric Constructs, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC
NC Artists Juried Exhibition, Progress Energy Performing Arts Center,
Raleigh, NC
2009
Works on Paper, Gallery Pantone 278, Charlotte, NC
Carolina's Got Art, Juried Exhibition, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC
New American Paintings, Juried Exhibition in Print Vol. 82, Southern
edition
2008
Landscape, Hallway Projects, San Francisco, CA
building/burning/growing, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC
NC Artists Juried Exhibition, Performing Arts Center, Raleigh, NC
3
2007
Tangible Gestures, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
Bridging the Inner Landscape, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC
The Kindness of Strangers, The Helm Gallery, Tacoma, WA
Letters, Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport, UK
New Works: Annual Juried Exhibition, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
2006
Drawing x 3 Artists, Vignettes, Raleigh, NC
Mixed Media, Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC
Introductions ‘06, Barbara Archer Gallery, Atlanta, GA
New and Hot, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC
New Works: Annual Juried Exhibition, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
Everything Falls Apart, Nested, Carrboro, NC
2005
Drawing on the Moment, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Immediacy, Vignettes, Raleigh, NC
New Members Exhibition, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
2004
Abstraction, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Recipients, CUE Art Foundation, New York,
NY
The Triangle's Best Art-Part II, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Surface Matters, Bank of America Plaza, Charlotte, NC
Marked Time, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
2003
Mid-Winter Paper, three-person exhibition, Bickett Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Three Emerging Artists, Duke University Law School, Durham, NC
Blind Lines, The Artscenter, Carrboro, NC
2002
Coterie Treize, Bickett Gallery, Raleigh, NC
New Works, Bickett Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2000
N.C. Women Artists: 20th Century Trends, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
Meredith College Faculty Exhibition, Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New
York, NY4


MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

2006
Your Art Here, City of Raleigh Museum, Raleigh, NC
2006
Discovering Contemporary Art in the Carolinas, Fayetteville Museum of Art, NC
2004
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
2002
The Altered Landscape, Orange County Historical Museum, Hillsborough,
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC


SELECTED AWARDS & GRANTS

2015
New American Paintings featured artist
2014
Selected- International Artists' Symposium, Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Germany
2010
Carolina’s Got Art juried exhibition, Elder Gallery, Charlotte, NC, first prize
2005
United Arts Council, Regional Artist Project Gran
2009
New American Paintings featured artist
2002
Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant

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