Ian is originally from the southeastern United States. He spent his early days drawing and exploring the pine forests that surrounded his home. He studied art in Atlanta GA and Oakland CA, crossing the country many times by bus, train, and car. Before finding a home in the Blue Ridge Mountains, he lived in Scotland, the Montana Rockies, the Washington Cascades, and on the California Coast. He also spent a brief period living in the 1930s.
The influences for Ian’s art include folk art and vintage illustration, as well as indigenous art and Renaissance paintings.
See his latest work on Instagram and Facebook, and check out dribbble for illustrations.
"Ian Brownlee employs landscape as a device to capitalize on our basic impulse to weave images into narrative. In his paintings, the use of perspective to create an unexpectedly dramatic spatial illusion permits us entry into what appears to be an independently existent and self-sufficient "world" located neither in the past or the present, but always slightly out of reach and continually open to interpretation."
- Trevor Richardson, Director, Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachussetts, Amherst. Quoted in New American Paintings
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