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Spanning the course of nearly three decades, James Brown (1951 - 2020) has employed an evocative use of symbolism to explore questions of a metaphysical and spiritual nature. Known best for his paintings, Brown’s probing works also include sculpture, book and print making, and collage. Brown was recognized early on in his career for his individual sensibility. He employs archaic symbols taken from religion, science and traditional American, African and Hawaiian art, to explore themes of immortality, space, religion and the great beyond. He studied at the Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris, and the Instituto Michelangelo in Florence. Since the early eighties, Brown’s work has been exhibited widely across the United States and Europe. He was given a retrospective at the Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea in Trento in Italy in 1995. Brown lived and worked in Paris, France, and Oaxaca in Mexico.