photo: Cheryl Gerber              Influences

Working in a freely brushed, vibrantly colored expressionistic style, Frederick Brown paints large-scale figurative canvases that celebrate America's history, legends, and popular culture. Whether he depicts jazz musicians, urban folk heroes, or Native Americans, Brown tackles his subjects directly and passionately, so that they take on a mythical presence.

The four works from Brown's "Magic Man" series have been inspired by diverse sources, both personal and historical. She Knows How represents an homage to his part-Seminole grandmother; the other paintings are dedicated to recognized Native American leaders. Layered with meaning and references, these images are icons of an inclusive, broadly defined American culture. The reality of an African-American painter celebrating a heritage he shares with Native Americans reminds us of the complex nature of our identity and past.