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Ashlynn Browning

Born in 1977 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Ashlynn Browning is an American Abstract painter whose work (essentially) intuitive is focused on space and colors. She lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. Browning obtained a Barchelor's Degree in plastic arts and in English from the Meredith College of Raleigh (North Carolina, United States) and in 2002, she obtained a Master's Degree in Fine Arts, painting and engraving from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (North Carolina, USA).

Browning works almost exclusively on paper (until around 2006), using graphite, charcoal, oil pastels and then combining his techniques with paint and collages. Over time, the canvases started to take over the paper, which ended disapearing, so she began to focus almost exclusively on oil painting.

Browning does not plan or does any initial study before starting a painting. Intuition, instinct and accidents are the main engine of her work. She approaches painting with a Classic Abstract Expressionism style : making a mark, responding to this mark and so on. The only "calculated" part of her work is when she lets a layer of paint sit for a while and watches it for several days, thinking about the next step. This calculated choice may or may not remain in the final product, but that is an important part of the process. At the end, the painting is an accumulation of deliberate decisions and purely instinctive acts.

Even if Browning's paintings are intuitive and are mainly focused on the painting itself, we can also find his own experiences and the human psyche in general.
His recurrent use of grids, networks and since 2013, of stacked shapes, resemble architectural structures, but these are created intuitively in response to the painting in progress.

The colors, which play a very important role in Browning's paintings, also vary according to his feelings or interests of the moment (nature, fashion or historical artistic preferences). However, in the practice, he rarely uses primary colors, and he almost always use a little rose Guston in his pièces.

In an article published in Burnaway in 2015, Shana Dumont Garr, art historian, curator, writer, and gallery owner, said after a visit to Browning's studio:
On his website, Browning has this quote from Francis Bacon: "Man is tired of himself. Man is obsessed with himself. I would like to capture one day, a moment of life in all its violence, its full beauty. That will be the perfect painting." This desire for disconnected emotion is reflected in his paintings like Cantilever. Browning's exacerbated sensibility to colors allows an incredible range of shapes and textures to coexist.

Ashlynn Browining has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, mainly on the East Coast.

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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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