One of California's most well-known and celebrated figurative
expressionist painters, Joan Brown is recognized among the important
artists who emerged from the creative milieu of the San Francisco Bay
Area in the late 1950s. Perhaps because of her premature death,
recognition of her work as a significant abstract painter of the late
20th century has taken time.
San Francisco born Joan Brown
became an art student almost by accident. She graduated from high
school at age seventeen with no real training in art in 1955. Her parents
enrolled her at Lone Mountain College, then a women's Catholic school
in San Francisco. Shortly before her first day of classes there,
Joan having seen an ad in the newspaper and on an impu
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