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Ashlynn Browning

1977 Raleigh, United States

4 Works exhibited

Current location

Raleigh

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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.

Browning never makes initial plans or studies prior to starting an artwork. Intuition, instinct and experimentation are the main drivers of her work.

She 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.

 

"My work merges geometric forms with an intuitive, ever changing process. Some of my paintings read as “places,” of both a geographic and psychological nature. In others, geometric forms function as stand-ins for figures. These figures vary from precarious and toppling to boldly upright and assured. Each possesses an individual personality, mood and implied narrative.

Most recently I am interested in stacking forms and exploring the relationships between them. Hexagons and webs are partially buried beneath chunkier forms that play with weight and architecture. The grids and interlocking blocks in this new work bring to mind windows, urban buildings and walls with glimpses into the space behind and around them. Three-dimensional space is implied.

The many layers in my pieces speak both to the history of the painting’s creation, as well as to the hidden parts of ourselves that we conceal and reveal in time. I know a painting is complete when it has become its own separate entity, one with a sense of dignity and self."

Ashlynn Browning

2019 

(forthcoming) solo exhibition, Artspace, Raleigh ,NC

2018 

Revisionist Geometry, Allenton Gallery, Durham Arts Council, NC

Paintings by Ashlynn Browning, Vert & Vogue, Durham, NC

2016

Walls and Windows, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC

Building Blocks, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC

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 Geometr ies , 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

2019

Varied State: Diverse Work from 6 North Carolina Artists, Whitespace, Atlanta, GA (guest curated this exhibition)

2018  

The December Show, Whitespace, Atlanta, GA

Small Works, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC

NC Artists Juried Exhibition, Progress Energy Performing Arts Center, Raleigh, NC

2017  

The December Show, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA

NC Artists Juried Exhibition, Progress Energy Performing Arts Center, Raleigh, NC

2016  

Fresh, juried exhibition, Artspace, Raleigh, NC

The December Show, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2015

 Angular Existence, if ART Gallery, Columbia, SC

 Uniquely Human , Meredith College, Raleigh, NC 2

The December Show, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA

New American Paintings, Juried Exhibition in Print Vol. 118, Southern edition

2014

 Surfaces + Structures , Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA

 Group December Show , Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA

 Foundations , Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC

 Across the Board , if ART Galler y, 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 , Flande rs 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 ed ition

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, R aleigh, 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 Foundat ion, 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

 Thr ee 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: 20 th Century Trends , Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

 Meredith College Faculty Exhibition, Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Works by Ashlynn Browning

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2015

86.4 x 96.6 cm

2850,00 €

2016

86.4 x 96.5 cm

2850,00 €

2017

86.4 x 96.5 cm

2850,00 €

2011

81.3 x 91.4 cm

2400,00 €

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