Michael D Brown Sculpture
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Biography : Michael D. Brown

         I was born in 1942 in the north of England.  My early education was oriented towards trade skills to fill a post war need to rebuild the country.  At thirteen years of age the family emigrated to Canada and then at seventeen years of age we emigrated to the east coast of the United States.  Following high school I received a B.S. in Art Education from The State University College at Buffalo N.Y.  I taught art in public school for four years then studied for two years at The Rhode Island School of Design where I received an M.F.A. in Sculpture.  After graduation I accepted a position at W.R.Harper College in Palatine, Il. to develop the sculpture, three dimensional design, and ceramics program.  In 1996 I took a sabbatical to focus on my stone sculpture.  I recently retired from teaching after thirty years at W.R.Harper College.  I am now a practicing sculptor.

    Michael has traveled to the SouthWest areas of the United States during the summer months.
He  enjoyed viewing the Ruins and artworks of the Ancient Indians,  thier structures and  inventive ways of adapting their lives to the surrounding environment and landscapes.  You may see some influence in his artworks as a result of these visits.

Artist's Statement:

        "Stone is plentiful, available, durable, and beautiful.  It has abundant variation of color, texture, and density.  Stone responds to shaping by the removal process revealing form and creating structure.  Stone as a sculpture and building material has a history as long as humans have created objects.  Stone has been the material of weapons, tools, objects of desire, currency, sculpture, and architecture.  It has been our cave, our cliff dwelling, our cottage, our church, our village, our walled city and country, and the roads between.  Stone marks our waypoint, our destination and our boundaries.  With this great history why today when we experience stone does it seem that we envision landscaping, counter tops and grave stones?

        Using stone I am redefining the site in a form that invites the public to physically touch, to sit down on, or to step up to the piece.  Texture, form, and surface are important in creating a space that is inviting.  The aesthetic content is influenced by my experiences with historical, architectural, and sacred sites.  The sculptural dialog is about defined spaces that we move to, through, interact with, and experience as our own space." 

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