Doug Brown - Black on Black #2
Doug Brown is a multi-disciplinary Toronto-based artist. Brown is known for his bold and often oversized stencils, paintings, sculptures and mixed media pieces. He has exhibited in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. The original inspiration for the faces of Black On Black #2 evolved from Brown's debut series BLACK ON BLACK in 2008 - a bleak and ominous response to the then global financial crisis. Although the inner-climate of his immediate situation in art and life has changed since then Brown is still influenced by current events and thus his work is a creative process of seeking calm. The faces of Black on Black #2 represent an introspective view of himself, they reflect who Brown is and what he feels through the face expressions, the audience can see themselves in them and are therefore are drawn to them on a spiritual and personal level. Using black on black allows Brown to control the level of calm in the viewer’s mind allowing the complexity of the faces intricacy juxtaposed with mathematical symmetry to be easily scene. The subtle variations in the expressions of the faces represent different thoughts and concerns running through artist's mind a combination of calm but complex.