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Alicia Brown

Artist Statement

"The body of works that I started in late 2017 explore the nature of ‘lure’ and the role it plays a medium that attracts, tempt, and entice an artificial bait a means of survival. The strategy of mimicry serves as a device for copying, inventing and fabricating cultural trends in the quest for belonging. I use the idea of portraiture as a tool that imitates the model, incorporating both traditional and contemporary painting languages to create a ‘story’ within the works."


Alicia Brown born 1981, St. Ann, Jamaica. She attended the Edna Manley College of the Visual Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica, receiving both a diploma in Art Education and a BFA in Painting. Brown received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2014 and was awarded a residency scholarship in Leipzig, Germany, as well as the Joan Brady Grant, and LCU Foundation Grants. Alicia is a 2019 recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. She was one of the winners of the Dawn Scott Memorial Award in the Jamaica Biennial 2017.

Alicia Brown uses traditional and contemporary painting techniques and iconographic references to examine cultural identity, adaptation, beauty and social status. Alicia's body of work incorporates figurative compositions that references the Renaissance and Dutch periods. Her work has been exhibited both locally and internationally including Prizm, N’Namdi Centre for Contemporary Art, Virago Gallery and Jamaica Biennial. Her work has been featured in Hyperallergic magazine, Painting the figure now 2019 magazine, The Jamaican Gleaner and Observer, Caribbean Quarterly Journal and other publications.