Adrienne Brown: Mixed-media artist

There are several recurring themes in the work of Adrienne Brown: jewel-like honesty seed pods; handsome birds and the many moods of the sea.

There is, however, one place above all others that has inspired the Buxton artist, and it looms high above the town on the summit of Grin Low – Solomon’s Temple.

The Victorian folly is a brisk 20 minute walk from Adrienne’s home and at 440 metres above sea level. It offers those who make the climb spectacular views over the Peak District.

It was built on the site of an ancient burial mound and Bronze Age skeletons have been found there. And it is this history which fired the imagination of the artist, who combines a variety of media to create her work.

You might not always recognise the tower in her montage pictures as she cleverly weaves photographs of it with her intricate textile work and other images. 

One of the most intriguing, named Float, features a view of a calm sea through the temple’s beautifully arched windows and mother-of-pearl discs of honesty floating in the doorway.

“I have a deep fascination of the power of the sea and love the idea of bringing the sea to Buxton as we are so far from it,” said Adrienne playfully.

The artist is a graduate of St Martin’s School of Art in London and went to Brighton to study for a post-graduate teaching certificate. She attributes her passion for the ocean to the time she spent in the in the south coast town.

“I know it had a big influence on my work but then I am also inspired by the beauty of our local landscapes and woodlands and I get a lot of satisfaction from combining them all in my work,” she said.

Adrienne began working as a full time artist in 2006 when her job as the director of Stockport Arts and Health came to an end.

For 13 years she had initiated arts projects for people using the health services in the area and commissioned several works of art for new NHS buildings.

“It was a job I thoroughly enjoyed and it was sad when it ended, but since then I have been able to focus on developing my own artwork.

“I like to work with different media and combine my first love of textiles with printmaking and photography. 

“Recently I have been enjoying linocut prints, drypoint etchings and collographs and even more recently I have started working in oils.”

Adrienne is a member of the Peak District Artisans and has been exhibiting with them for eight years. Along with her husband Langley Brown she also takes part in the Buxton Fringe Festival’s visual art exhibition and Derbyshire Open Arts. 

However, this year, the artist is taking a break from exhibiting to concentrate on creating her work.  

“I want to give myself space to think and to produce some new work. Then I think I will be able to return to exhibiting with new vigour,” she said.

In the meantime, if you see at Adrienne’s work you will find a selection at Isla Fine Art, Buxton and The High Peak Bookstore, at Brierlow Bar, or online at http://www.adriennebrown.co.uk

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