Brown's (Mrs E. W. Brown)

© Mark Wallinger. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Image credit: Government Art Collection

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This painting comes from a series of 42 depictions of jockeys' livery colours, entitled 'Brown's'. Each work in the series is like a diagram, showing the costume for an invisible man. In every painting, the livery colours shown are for jockeys who rode for owners with the surname Brown. Mark Wallinger was interested by the irony in the range of colours registered to that particular surname, noting that if all the different paints on a palette are mixed together, the end result is generally brown. Themes of class and identity are important in Wallinger's work, and he has commented on how it is only the apostrophe in the title 'Brown's' which differentiates between appearance and ownership.

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Brown's (Mrs E. W. Brown)




oil on linen


H 110 x W 110 cm

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purchased from the Anthony Reynolds Gallery, 1997

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