Born Melbourne, Australia 1960
Andrew Browne’s soft-focus paintings create an abstracted view of the familiar, transforming the known into dreamlike scenes of surreal suggestion deliberately challenging the viewer’s physiological and psychological reality. Browne’s use of photographs in the construction of his paintings give his works the appearance of a fleeting snapshot, and his images of the natural world as occupied by both organic growth and the detritus of human existence are imbued with an uneasy tension.
Browne studied at the University of Melbourne (1982) and is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. He has exhibited regularly in Sydney and Melbourne, and in 1999 a major survey exhibition of his work, Painting Light, was presented at the Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria. His work has been included in numerous group shows including Depth of Field, Shepparton Art Gallery and Monash University Museum of Art (2003); MCA Unpacked, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2001); Darkness and Light, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Melbourne and touring (2000–01); and Black Attack, National Gallery of Victoria (1996).