When making these works, Brown was deeply inspired by a variety of ancient Greek mystery schools and early Gnostic writings. The works in this exhibition explore varied and combined themes and symbols related to the apollonian and Dionysian, the lunar and solar, the cult of Orpheus, the rights of Mithras, the writings of Toth Hermes Trismegistus, and the cult of Serpais.
Brown received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Following graduation, he was awarded the prestigious Eric Fischl residency where he continued to develop his studio practice. Brown’s paintings combine traditional techniques and materials with formal design combining the illusion of representational painting against the reality of the material and the painting as an object. This duality is also seen in the mixing of contemporary and ancient subject matter found in his work where the visual themes often focus on subjects of history, myth, and mortality. Zach actively exhibits throughout the United States having his work covered by Artnet News and Hi-Fructose. His work has been added to the Seavest Group Collection and The Iliana Goor Museum in Tel Aviv as well as being a permanent feature of the Satanic Temple of Salem.
Zach Brown is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Special thanks to Kennedy Deen, lead art installer for the exhibition.