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So who is Colleen Browning? Browning was born in England in 1918. She attended the Slade School of Fine Art in London from 1937 to 1939. She had her first solo exhibition at London’s Little Gallery when she was 31 years old. She moved to America in 1949. And she lived in New York City for the next five decades until her death in 2003. The highlights of Browning’s artistic career are outlined on the back flap of the dust jacket of the first, hardcover edition of her excellent art-instruction book, Working Out a Painting: Techniques for Transforming Your Oils (NY: Watson-Guptill, 1988), which, btw, is the print source of my three scans:
Colleen Browning has taught art at Pratt Institute, the City College of New York, and the National Academy of Design. She has been elected an Academician of the National Academy, where she has won the Joseph Isidor Medal, the Julius Hallgarten Prize, the Adolph and Clara Obrig Prize, and the Henry Ward Ranger Purchase Prize.
Brownings’s work is in the public collections of many museums, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Milwaukee Art Center, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the New York State Art Museum. She has been selected to exhibit in major museum exhibitions, such as the Whitney Museum in New York; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Walker Art Gallery in Minneapolis; the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio; and the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh.
Browning’s work has been the subject of articles in Time, Newsweek, Glamour, The New York Times, Arts magazine, Art International, and American Artist. She exhibits regularly at the Kennedy Galleries in New York and receently had a solo show at the Wichita Art Museum, Kansas.
In 2012, the Hudson Hills Press published a hardcover monograph on Browning’s work entitled Colleen Browning: The Enchantment of Realism. I haven’t purchased a copy yet, but I’m definitely tempted…