Robin Gibson Gallery

modern + contemporary

Cash Brown


Cash Brown

Cash Brown Welcome (after Judith Leyster and Rachel Ruysch) 107×97cm oil on linen

Artist statement 2019

My practice is rooted in appropriation. I enjoy borrowing images, re-engineering them into critical yet playful comments on contemporary first world life and swinging between being reverent and irreverent.

Eight years ago I was at a friendly dinner with a gentleman some two decades my senior. During the meal he gently proposed that I become his companion. When I questioned him about the age difference, he explained ‘I love women in their late 40’s, they are like roses in full bloom just before the petals drop off.’

I was mortified. I did not take him up on his kind offer. But the shock of his revelation really got me thinking… were my petals really falling off? I was 45.

Soon after I found myself in Europe taking in Old Master portraits, genre paintings and indulging in a new-found fascination with Dutch still life. I was taken aback by stunning botanical arrangements, with their impossible seasonal super impositions, out of scale relationships, crazy angles, stages of growth, insects and imperfections presenting powerful metaphors for transience and ageing. Although I had seen many before, they took on a different kind of power, and held my interest longer than usual. (There are so few examples of these in Australia, especially those by women.)
These paintings can also provide critical observations of contemporary European society, which is fascinating during the late Renaissance and the Dutch Golden Age, when capitalism took off spectacularly in the Netherlands and small portable paintings were traded like tulip bulbs and spices. Women were permitted to paint for the new private market made buoyant by a demand for exotic still life as a display of wealth, or portraits for posterity.

In Italy, during the same period, a few women got into genre painting and expressed themselves with some very interesting allegorical selfies in addition to earnest self-portraits. Many had spectacular careers, which history appears to have neglected. The disquieting revelations of underrated women artists from the past combined with the topics they chose resonated deeply.

These paintings are memento mori, metaphors for ageing and the transience of memory. They pay homage to remarkable women, worthy of transcribing into the twenty first century to illuminate and honour their contributions to Western Art.

Cash Brown

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Golden Years, Biennale of Australian Art, Ballarat
2011 Child’s Play “ Head on Photo Festival, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst
2010 Size Matters, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
2008 Priceless, GRANTPIRRIE (Project Window), Redfern
2008 Appropriate, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst
2006 Product of Environment, Big Star Gallery, Norwood, South Australia.
2003 Wetland, Hill on Hargrave Gallery, Paddington.
1999 Across the Bridge, Gallery 245, Surry Hills.
1999 Heterogeneous, Zanzibar, Drummoyne.
1998 Untitled, Open House Gallery, Rozelle.
1998 Pachyderm, L’Otel Darlinghurst.

Selected group exhibitions and collaborative projects

Biennale of Australian Art, Whats in the Box?, Ballarat, Melbourne, Daylesford
Floris et Fructis, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst
Small Gems, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst
Small Gems, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst
Small Gems, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst
Clipboard, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst
Clipboard, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst Sculpture 12, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst WAYS auction, Bondi Pavilion NAS plate auction, National art School, Darlinghurst
Paper Trail, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst Erotica, James Makin Gallery, Collingwood
Untitled, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst The Ikea Home Project, Carriageworks, Redfern
Small is the New Big, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst Showing Off, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst Tickled Pink, Artereal Gallery, Rozelle Hybrid, Artereal Gallery, Rozelle Art For Sharks, AMCS, Brisbane Extinction Denied, Arthouse Hotel, Sydney Artists at the Armory, SOPA, Newington
Smash Hits, Paramatta Artist studios, Parramatta Sublime Equine, Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Sydney Becos I’m Worf It, MOP, Chippendale Tech in Niche, ATVP, Newtown Heroin[E], East Sydney Doctors, Darlinghurst. Works from the collection of Alex Mackay, Brisbane
Year of the Pig, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst Great Western, Suitcase Gallery, Newington Armory, Newington Art Melbourne 07, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton 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 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 Post It, Peloton, Chippendale Linden Postcard Show, Melbourne Abbatoirs and Brickworks, an industrial history, Newington Foundation for Australia’s Most Endangered Species, Leconfield Winery 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, NAS, Darlinghurst
New Talent 3, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst Extinction Denied, Arthouse Hotel, Sydney Drawcard, Cell Block, National Art School, Darlinghurst FONAS Infusion, Cell Block, National Art School, 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

Prizes and residencies awarded

2006 S.O.P.A. residency, Newington Armory, Homebush
2004 Real Refuses portraiture prize, TAP Gallery, Darlinghurst.
2003 Murray Sime prize for excellence in painting at the National Art School.
2003 Robin Gibson Gallery prize.
2001 S.I.S.A. award, National Art School, Darlinghurst.

Prize Finalist

Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize, Sydney
Doug Moran Portraiture Prize (highly commended) Sydney. Archibald Prize 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

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