These layered portraits were created by Brown selecting a number of prints by Freud, then digitally manipulating scanned reproductions of them, superimposing several images on top and finally creating etching plates from the image files.

The result is an intense concentration of personality, which becomes both a portrait of the source artist, Lucian Freud, but also of Brown himself. These prints are psychological portraits, or anti portraits, visions of an art history which is an accumulation of portraits of the past, from the Renaissance portraits, which influenced Freud’s early work, through Rembrandt, up to Lucian Freud and the present day.


the artist

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