Irby Brown was an American painter known for his stunning depictions of wildlife and landscapes.
Irby Brown was an American painter known for his stunning depictions of wildlife and landscapes. He was born on October 29, 1911, in Madison, Wisconsin, and died on November 22, 2016, at the age of 105.
Brown studied at the University of Wisconsin and the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to New York City in 1935 to study at the Art Students League. There, he studied under several prominent artists, including Thomas Hart Benton, John Sloan, and George Bridgman. He also worked as a commercial artist during this time, creating illustrations for magazines and newspapers.
In 1941, Brown joined the US Army and served as a camouflage artist during World War II. After the war, he settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he began painting landscapes and wildlife. His work was heavily influenced by the natural beauty of the Southwest, and he developed a unique style that blended realism with abstraction.
Brown was a member of several prestigious art organizations, including the National Academy of Design, the American Watercolor Society, and the Society of Animal Artists. He received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including the John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship and the Gold Medal for Watercolor from the Allied Artists of America.
Brown’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Royal Academy in London. His paintings are characterized by their vivid colors, bold brushstrokes, and a deep appreciation for the natural world.
Irby Brown was a highly accomplished and respected artist whose work continues to inspire and awe viewers. His legacy as a painter of wildlife and landscapes will undoubtedly continue to have an impact on the world of art for generations to come.