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11/22/10: Concord artist shares talent at Emerson Hospital

Patients and visitors at Emerson Hospital can view local talent in the current exhibition of art in the hospital’s main hallway. On display will be paintings by Lindsey Brown, a Concord resident since 1964, who attended Concord Public Schools and graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School in 1975.  From December 17, 2010, through February 14, 2011, his paintings will be displayed at Emerson Hospital in an art show sponsored by the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary. 

Brown majored in fine art at University of Massachusetts at Amherst and studied painting with Barnet Rubenstein at the Boston Museum School.  In addition to landscape painting, he's an avid wildlife photographer, with credits in numerous books, calendars, and magazines. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout New England, and he's currently a member of the Concord Art Association.

Although many of his favorite artists were abstract painters, Brown states that he “wasn’t born with the abstract gene,” so his work is firmly grounded in realism.   He strives to maintain a certain spontaneity and ambiguity in his paintings—what he refers to as “controlled chaos.” Many of his canvases feature a variety of mark-making techniques, ranging from staining and bare canvas to poured, slung, and thrown paint, as well as traditional brushwork.  Experimentation is always foremost in his mind while painting, and he finds the greatest satisfaction in those pieces in which he took the greatest risks.

Much of his work as a landscape painter is influenced by the work of Edward Hopper.  He is also influenced by his former teacher at the Boston Museum School, Barnet Rubenstein.  “I chose to study landscape painting with a still-life specialist because the greatest homage you can pay a teacher is not imitation—but to put the lessons to good use in developing one’s own personal style.”

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary supports the hospital community awareness, patient support, and fundraising activities.  Anyone interested in becoming a member or learning about the Auxiliary should contact Karen McCarthy at 978-371-2133. Visitors to the hospital may purchase the photographs, and 25% of the sale price goes to the hospital.