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Glen Brown is a member of a loose group of British artists called the YBAs (Young British Artists), which also includes Chris Ofili, Gary Hume, and Peter Doig. Brown's paintings borrow from art history and popular culture by transforming a "familiar visual history into something extraordinary and alien." He has borrowed from Rembrandt, Fragonard, Salvador DalÃÂ, Frank Auerbach and many others, including science fiction novels, but he does not use the original images for inspiration, instead he uses reproductions including postcards, books, and digital images from the internet. Brown's technical skill is legendary; he has the ability to create canvases as smooth as glossy magazines, although the works in the current exhibition use a much rougher style of brushwork. The exhibit covers Brown's work from the last eighteen years and is arranged into nine thematic rooms. Visitors to the website can see one example from each room, as well as a list of the other paintings in situ. For example, Room 1 features Brown's The Loves of Shepherds (after 'Doublestar' by Tony Roberts) 2000, what appears to be a space ship orbiting a sun; Room 7 focuses on the human figure and its representation in paint; while Room 9 contains Brown's most recent work. For an extra challenge, the online exhibit also provides an almost impossible online slider game, which cuts a Brown painting into squares, similar to Rubik's Cube, that participants must attempt to reassemble.
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