Olivia Brown
Current Resume

Olivia Brown’s paintings are dynamic, fluid images which attempt to visually convey the sensual, visceral, tangible experience of movement and energetics. Brown believes we all have an innate comprehension of movement and energetics that is not based in language but in our natural animal-body wisdom. She structures her paintings to have a physical relationship to the body, aiming to give the onlooker a visual field within which their eye can roam and through looking, can then register somatically, intuitively, the physical feeling her subject matter. She studies different forms of corporeal practice, like dance and yoga, in order to deepen her own perception of awareness through movement. She uses a fluid medium of shellac and dye which captures the immediacy, velocity and momentum of movement in paint.

Olivia Brown was born in England in 1974 and grew up in Scotland and the USA. She did her undergraduate degree at Chelsea College of Art in London in 1997 before being swept off to fall in love with California where she got her MFA at CCA in 2003. She currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA, where she is currently represented by Hang Art Gallery.



2003 MFA Painting California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
1997 BA (HONS) Fine Art Painting Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, England
Represented by
2006 (ongoing) Hang Art San Francisco, CA
2008-2016 Joseph Wise Gallery Laguna Beach, CA
2002-2006 Independent Resources Santa Monica, CA-Agency providing artwork to client
2002-2004 Green Couch Staging San Francisco, CA -Interior design staging business
1997-1999 The Students Gallery Wimbledon, London, England
    Gallery representing post-undergradute degree artists
2009 Artist Residency Grant Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Solo Exhibitions    
2017 Eclipse Hang Art, San Francisco, CA
2011 Ecstatic Resonance 1045 Mission St., San Francisco, CA
2010 New Paintings Prospect Restaurant, San Francisco, CA
2008 Chrysalis Hang Art, San Francisco, CA
2004 Paintings Twenty-two Shoes, Oakland, CA
2004 Curling-Color Paintings 049 Space (@Tehama Wireless) San Francisco, CA
2003 Movement-based painting Rhythm and Motion Dance Center, SF, CA
2003 Motion/Still Painting Papa Tobys Artbar, San Francisco, CA
1997 Four Paintings Dogstar, Brixton, London, England
1996 Seven Paintings Dogstar, Brixton, London, England
Group Exhibitions    
2019 Remnants Hang Art, San Francisco, CA
2012 Transitional Forces Hang Art, San Francisco, CA
2008 Flow, Form, and Forces Orchard Commercial, North First ARTSpace, San Jose, CA
2006 Alchemy Hang Art, San Francisco, CA
2005 Marking Motion The LAB, San Francisco, CA
2002 Under Over Sideways Down Paulette Long and Shepard Pollack Gallery, CCA SF, CA
2000 Selections 2000 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
2000/1999/1998 San Francisco Open Studios The Blue Studio, San Francisco, CA
1999 The Ideal Home exhibition Earl’s Court, London, England
1996 Sauce (co-produced/co-curated) Spitalfields, London, England
Art Fairs    
2018 Context Miami with Hang Art  
2012 San Francisco Fine Art Fair with Hang Art