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Lived/Active: Indiana/Iowa/Connecticut      Known for: landscape and coastal easel painting, mural

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Francis Clark Brown
from Auction House Records.
Cumberland, Ind. Mathews Bridge, Estate #748
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Francis Clark Brown was an impressionist painter of still lifes and landscapes and a muralist.  He was born in New Sharon, Iowa on August 7, 1908, and died in Nashville, Indiana on October 12, 1992.  He was a member of the Brown County Art Guild and the Indiana Artists Club.

He graduated from Kokomo High School and studied art at the John Herron School of Art; Purdue University; Fuller School of Art, St. Ives, England; and Gruppe School, Gloucester, Massachusetts.

His teachers included William Forsyth, Clifton Wheeler, Oakley Richey, Al Hibbard, Paul Hadley, Eliot O'Hara, and Emile Gruppe.

He exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC.; New Kirk Gallery, St. Ives, England 1952; the Hoosier Salon where he won prizes in 1949, 56-58, 76; the Richmond Artists Association 1957, 65, 66, 71, 82; Indiana State Fair 1934, 39; and Anderson Art Society, 1936.

He was a pastor of Society of Friends (Quakers) for twenty-five years.  He had a gallery where he sold his paintings in Nashville at the corners of Gould and Jefferson, and he referred to this intersection as Paint Brush Corner.  Of his work, he said: "Paintings are for the eyes to see, the heart to enjoy and to add an extra portion of adventure to life." ("Brown County Art and Artists")

Submitted by Kent Van Tyle whose sources are:

Judith Vale Newton and Carol Weiss: A Grand Tradition: The Art and Artists of the Hoosier Salon, 1925-1990. Published by the Hoosier Salon Patrons Association, Indianapolis, IN 1993

Brown County Art and Artists, Editor, Brown County Art Gallery Association. Nashville, IN

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The following, submitted July 2003, is from Douglas Runyan, New Haven, Indiana:

Francis Clark Brown was born August 7, 1908, in New Sharon, Iowa.  He won a scholarship to the John Herron Institute in Indianapolis.  He was a student of Clifton Wheeler, William Forsyth and Oakley Richey.  He died October 12, 1992, at Bloomington Hospital in Bloomington, Indiana.  He was a member of the Indiana Artists Club, the Kokomo Art Association and the Brown County Art Guild from 1971 until his death.

According to a newspaper article appearing in the Marion, Indiana Chronicle-Tribune on March 30, 1986, Brown was a retired Quaker minister and had painted 2,689 paintings in his 62 years of painting.  Brown was quoted as stating that he had sold more than 2,000 paintings for amounts as high as $1,600 and had about 300 paintings in his Nashville gallery in 1986 with price tags ranging from $50 to $2,000.

According to Peter Falk in Who Was Who in American Art, Francis Brown was a WPA (Works Progress Administration) artist and exhibited with Indiana artist associations including the Hoosier Salon and the Indiana Art Club.

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Following is the obituary of the artist, submitted by Ralph Harris:

Bloomington Herald-Times
Bloomington, Indiana
October 14, 1992
Page A2

Francis C. Brown

NASHVILLE - Francis Clark Brown, 84, of Nashville, died Monday at Brown County Community Care Center.

Born Aug. 7, 1908 in New Sharon, Iowa, he was the son of E. Howard and Ruth (Pemberton) Brown. He was a professional artist since 1925 and a minister in the society of Friends for 24 years. A noted Hoosier artist, he studied at Herron Art School, Purdue University, Earlham College and Fuller School of Art in England. He studied with such artist as Willy Pogany and Elliot O'Hara.

He won 76 American art awards, including seven first at the Indiana State Fair, and presented his works in some 60 one-man exhibitions. His work had been exhibited at the Concoran and Smithsonian galleries in Washington D.C., the Herron Art Museum and Hoosier Salon among others. He had also served as an art judge.

He was past president of the Anderson Society of Artist Art Association of Kokomo and Brown County Art Guild.

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