Cash Brown


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Cash Brown

Bombast #5 2010 ink, gouache & watercolour on 240gsm Arches

From 2008 Solo Exhibition ‘Appropriate’
[verb] give or assign a share of money or time to a particular person or cause
[verb] take possession of by force, as after an invasion
[adjective] suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc
[adjective] appropriate for achieving a particular end; implies a lack of concern for fairness
[adjective] meant or adapted for an occasion or use
[adjective] suitable and fitting
[adjective] being of striking appropriateness and pertinence

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Cash Brown has always made art… in some form of another. Whether it is printmaking, painting, installation, sculptural objects or drawing, she has maintained a constant devotion to aesthetics. Most importantly, Brown has never lost her sense of play.

This exhibition one might say is a climax, due to the fast she has thrown herself into her own melting pot of mediums she so furiously works with. It is her most major exhibition to date. Formally trained in academic painting at the National Art School, Brown has an almost obsessive preoccupation with the history of western painting and its socio political baggage. This provides a departure point for her conceptual repertoire of visual and linguistic “gags”. The works in “Appropriate” draw their predominant and immediate visual reference from Gustave Courbet’s famous “Origin of the World” painting from 1866. From the grandfather of modernism one wouldn’t expect anything less!.. In a multitude of sublime meanings it exists as an image of a female torso, but its possible interpretations are practically endless.

“The Origin of the World” could be read as a landscape – a snapshot freeze frames of the infinite, the mystery of the human subject with all its existential pain and bodily pleasures rolled into one curious state of topographical being.

Brown, with her masterly paint work and economy of content and form has unravelled and at the same time appropriated this voyeuristic premise with her own unique technique and system of humour has created a kind of surreal pornography. The voluminous flesh is the surface which she scarifies. I use the term pornographic because we are so overly and completely saturated with nudity. It is nothing short of bravery that Brown undertakes a “series of nudes”. Brown has captured and consequently created a strange animistic and primitive hybrid.

These works are almost dreamscapes, a bizarre document of the evolution of psychoanalysis and hypnotherapy – all the hallmarks of the big themes, feminism, death, beauty and the geography of the unconscious. Close ups of what and how we think a riddle in itself.

Brown’s work is testament to her skill as a painter and a conceptual thinker. One can’t help but look at this manic collection of deliberated psycho sexualised felines and canines classical mythological icons. So why execute such strange and other worldly images made from the mixing of historical references? Why does a dog lick its crotch? Because it can. Why does an artist make cultural artefacts? Because they can.

Finally a great painting is a documented battle between realism, expression and abstraction. Brown successfully and rather uniquely executes this concept of trans substantiation.

Adam Cullen
March 2008


Cash Brown 2011
Cash Brown


Cert 1V small business management, Mission Australia, Mt Druitt
Cert 1V vocational education and training, Benchmark college, Penrith
Bachelor of Fine Arts, National Art School, Sydney
Drawing Marathon at Central School of Art in Adelaide (New York Studio School)
1994 – 99
Painting and drawing, Balmain Art School, Sydney

Solo Exhibitions

Size Matters, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst
Priceless, GRANTPIRRIE (Project Window), Redfern
Appropriate, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst
Product of Environment, Big Star Gallery, Norwood, South Australia
Wetland, Hill on Hargrave Gallery, Paddington
Across the Bridge, Gallery 245, Surry Hills
Heterogeneous, Zanzibar, Drummoyne
Untitled, Open House Gallery, Rozelle
Pachyderm, L’Otel Darlinghurst

Selected Group Exhibitions

Showing Off, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Tickled Pink, Artereal Gallery, Rozelle
Hibrid, Artereal Gallery, Rozelle
Art For Sharks, AMCS, Brisbane
Extinction Denied, Arthouse Hotel, Sydney
Artists at the Armory, SOPA, Newington, Sydney
Smash Hits, Paramatta Artist studios, Parramatta
Sublime Equine, Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney
Becos I’m Worf It, MOP, Chippendale
Year of the Pig, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst
Great Western, Suitcase Gallery, Newington Armory, Newington
Melbourne 07 Art Fair (independent)
Back a Bushie, Crookwell Town Hall, Crookwell
Artists at the Armory, Newington (SOPA)
Extinction Denied, Arthouse Hotel, Sydney
Seven Plus Three, Seven, Wentworth Falls
Maxine’s Art Show, Danks St Depot, Waterloo
Artist at my Table, NAS, Darlinghurst
Schon, Kunsthouse Projekt, Bern, Switzerland
Funeral Songs, MOP, Chippendale
9×5 Walker St Gallery, Dandenong
Shelf Life, MOP Projects, Redfern
Not The Big Picture, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide
Group Show, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst
Global Warming, SODA Gallery, Avalon
Snowdropping, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown
Year of the Dog, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst
WHOLESALE THERAPY, (with Adam Cullen) MOP Projects, Redfern
Art of Eucalyptus, University of Melbourne Botany Foundation, Melbourne
Post It, Peloton, Chippendale
Linden Postcard Show, Melbourne
Abbatoirs and Brickworks, an industrial history, Newington Armory Gallery, Newington
Foundation for Australia’s Most Endangered Species, Leconfield Winery, South Australia
Art With A Heart, King on Burton Gallery, Darlinghurst
An Artist at My Table, Cellblock, N.A.S. Darlinghurst
Special Affects, (with Adam Cullen) MOP Projects, Redfern
Home Economics, (performance piece with Adam Cullen) M.C.A. Sydney
Extinction Denied, Arthouse Hotel, Sydney
Icons Framed, Christie’s Paddington and Sofitel Wentworth Sydney
Wayside Chapel Auction, King on Burton Gallery, Darlinghurst
Not the Big Picture, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide
HOTSPOTS”, 77 Williams St, East Sydney
Soda Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Avalon
Punch, MOP Projects, Redfern
Group Show, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst
Christmas Show, Gallery Philip Neville, Darwin
Artists Against Sedition, Casula Powerhouse, Casula
Ink, Lighthouse Foundation, Melbourne
FONAS Drawcard exhibition, Cellblock, Darlinghurst
New Talent 3, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst.
Extinction Denied, Arthouse Hotel, Sydney
Drawcard, Cell Block, National Art School, Sydney
FONAS Infusion, Cell Block, N.A.S., Darlinghurst
The Degree Show, Cell Block, National Art School, Darlinghurst
The Bondi Art Fair, Bondi.
Dabs and Slabs, Cell Block, National Art, School, Darlinghurst
Drawing Week Exhibition, Cell Block, National Art School, Darlinghurst
Primaries, (curator) Stairwell Gallery, Darlinghurst
First Wave, Fifth Floor Gallery, Ultimo.
Christmas Show, Hill on Hargrave Gallery, Paddington
Drawing Week Exhibition, Cell Block, National Art School, Darlinghurst
S.I.S.A. Exhibition and Competition, National Art School, Darlinghurst
Exposed, Warehouse Studios, Ultimo
Death Begets Reality, 351, Haymarket, Sydney
Life, at P.C.L. Exhibitionists, Strawberry Hills
Skin, Open House Gallery, Rozelle
Bloom, at Open House Gallery, Rozelle
Red, C.A.S.A. Gallery, Rozelle
Works from the New York Studio School “Drawing Marathon”, Central School of Art,
Norwood, South Australia
12, SOHO Gallery, Woolloomooloo

Prizes and Residencies

S.O.P.A. residency, Newington Armory, Homebush
Real Refuses portraiture prize, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst
Murray Sime prize for excellence in painting at the National Art School
Robin Gibson Gallery prize
S.I.S.A. award, National Art School, Darlinghurst

Selected Bibliography

The Thighs of It, Sydney Morning Herald, Emily Dunn, 29/9/09
ABC news, 29/9/09
MODESTY CURTAIN, Brisbane Times, 30/9/09
Runway Magazine, STU, Death issue # 13
Smart Art, Art and Australia, Joanna Mendehlson, pp 169/70 June edition
Meeow Meeow,
JJJ radio interview, 20.10.08
ABC national news, 27/10/07
Art of Food, Leta Keens, Belle Magazine, Sept/Oct edition, pp 139-145
Arts, Blue Mountains Gazette, p 26, Tasty 7/10/07
Arts, Blue Mountains Gazette, p 48 Big Honour for Small Room, 21/3/07
Sedition, Machine Magazine, p 6-8 Vol 14
Shelf Life, Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham, NSW Ministry for the Arts catalogue
News, Artshub, 6.10.06
The Week Ahead, Art, All Cashed Up, The Independent Weekly, 01.03.06
Tracey Clement, Wholesale Therapy, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 19.03.06
Jacqui Knox, Artistic License, Blue Mountains Gazette, 29.03.06
The Art Life, Wholesale Therapy, March
The Art Life, Wrapping up the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman, April
Tracey Clement, Special Affects, Metro, Sydney Morning Herald, 12.08.05
The Art Life, Home Economics, 14.12.05
Sunandah Creagh, Twin Virtues, The Culture, Sydney Morning Herald, 7.11.05
Blue Mountains Review, cover story, Eye on the Prize, March Edition 05
The Art Life, Special Affects, 21.07.2005
Janet Hawley, Idol Chatter, Good Weekend, Sydney Morning Herald, 18.6.2005
Spotlight, Sydney Morning Herald, 13.03.04


Doug Moran Portraiture Prize (highly commended) Sydney.
Salon De Refuses, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill, Sydney
Sir John Sulman Prize, A.G.N.S.W. Sydney
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra, Sydney
Redland Art Award, Queensland
Mission to Seafarers Award, Victoria
Lexus Mortimore Memorial Prize, Dubbo
Comalco Martin prize, Gladstone, Qld
C.C.A.S. Contemporary Art Prize, Gorman House, Canberra
Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Soda Gallery Small Painting prize, Soda Gallery, Avalon
The Waterhouse Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide
Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Gallery, Mosman
Art on The Rocks, The Rocks, Sydney Visitor’s Centre, Sydney
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra, Sydney
She, Walker St Gallery, Dandenong, Vic
Amnesty International Art Prize, Darlinghurst
Art on the Rocks, SRC Gallery, the Rocks, Sydney
Tyree Tycan Works on Paper, Bowral, NSW
John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Regional Gallery, Sale, Vic
Waverley Woollhara Art Prize, Bondi
Works held in private collections in: U.S., U.K., Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Poland, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia.

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