The photographic work of John Brown has evolved through many years of intensive observations of our changing environment. Born in Washington, DC, and inspired by nature, Brown’s photo-based art accentuates tactile and translucent surfaces, hypnotic patterns, as well as graceful abstract formations. His images have been exhibited in museums and galleries both in the United States and abroad, including the critically acclaimed, “Reflections in Black, A History of Black Photographers” at the Smithsonian Institution in 2000.
Brown’s photographs are featured in numerous public and private collections (including the U.S. Department of State, ART in Embassies Program; Marriott Corporation; The Washington Post Company; and Banana Republic/GAP) throughout the world. He also has been the recipient of two Artist Fellowships from the D.C. Commission for the Arts & Humanities/National Endowment for the Arts.
Community service is an important aspect of John’s life, and he has participated on review panels, programmatic committees, as well as advisory and governing boards for various organizations including the Creative Arts Program for the Arts Council of Fairfax County; CulturalDC; Flashpoint; FotoWeekDC; The Hitachi Foundation; as well as the Washington Project for the Arts and WPA/Corcoran.
John Brown also has been employed by several cultural and scientific organizations including: The Smithsonian Institution; The Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center; The American Symphony Orchestra League; and the National Research Council of the National Academies/National Academy of Sciences.
He received both his bachelor and master degrees from Boston University. His post-graduate studies in fine art took place at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC.