AC Brown MD
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A C Brown was born in Greenville, SC and educated at Furman University, the Medical College of SC with graduate work at Emory, Johns Hopkins, and the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine. My introduction to art developed, and resulted, from my medical background. Original illustrations, diagrams, and sketches were utilized for teaching (Emory University School of Medicine & Georgia Institute of Technology) hypotheses and concepts in my lab research, lectures, scientific articles, and books.I received the ORDER OF THE PALMETTO from the State of South Carolina for my contributions to Medicine & serve on the Advisory Council of GSU for CENCIA. Medicine taught me to observe closely and expanded my vision. Winston Churchill in his essay PAINTING AS A PASTIME stated that anyone who started painting late in life without any formal training required only one quality, or trait, audacity. My education in Art developed from classes at Emory Callanwolde, Roswell Art Program, Old World Art, Chastain Arts Center, and The Spruill Arts Center. My respected teachers, artists, mentors, and friends include Amelia James, Chris Didomizio, Doug Gifford, Sharon Erickson, Jerome Grimmer, Phillip Carpenter, Karen Chesney, Chery Baird, Marie Matthews, Jo Ann Anderson, & Thomas Key.
Over the past seven years the Eudora Welty Series developed from my impressions of 1930s B & W “snapshots” of Mississippi during the Great Depression. The Eudora Welty Foundation, Jackson, MS gave me permission with artistic license to reproduce these images in oil on canvas. I selected scenes that reminded me of growing up in South Carolina. The oil colors brought to life for me these southern captured moments in time. More recently my wife and brother have encouraged different areas and subjects to expand my focus and imagination. My second Series “Bye Gone Days” alsoderives from the experiences of yesterday in the South. I try to write a short history on each painting based on the state archives, historical society, or private collection from which the original black and white image was derived during the Great Depression. Currently I have permission from six southern states to paint in oil my impressions of this period in those states. I still prefer to concentrate on figures and the human condition in different environments. I have a lot to learn in art and want to share with my children and grandchildren the sacrifices of the Silent Generation.
I can only hope that the viewer of my oil paintings and impressions of real people in southern history will reach the same conclusion.