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Check out Patrick Neil Brown’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patrick Neil Brown.

Patrick Neil, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I started painting full time in 2011 following an illness that changed my life. After years of working in the advertising industry in art related positions, I found myself looking to reinvent myself. I turned to the art career I had always wanted and started painting. With a small grant from Visual Aids in New York, I bought materials and converted a spare room into my studio. I had nothing to lose and worked tirelessly until my work started to sell. I was living in Nashville TN at the time and ABC had just launched the drama series Nashville.

One of the lead actresses in the series purchased a painting and suggested to the set decorator that they get in touch with me. I sold three more paintings that afternoon for the next episodes. This brought my work to the attention of galleries and I developed an ongoing arrangement with ABC. My work was selling and I was getting exposure but the illness dictated a move to California where I was able to get the medication and assistance to live a healthy life.

I have been here five years now, and my work has improved and I will begin representation in a new gallery opening on Prospect street in LaJolla this August. It’s funny how you work so hard to get here and then you have to ask yourself “do I really want to be here?”

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I have a few different styles of art that has developed over the past seven years. I break them into series that usually last a year or longer. Right now I have an interest in my political series War Dogs in Los Angeles and my portrait work Sins of the Father at a new gallery opening in La Jolla this August. I want people to be moved by my work, even if they do not like it I want them to think about the message.

I think art collectors should buy a work that has something that draws them in, you must have something that connects you to the piece. In my abstract work that connection can be a feeling you get when you look at the piece. I am in selling my work to people who get that connection, I currently have a hundred or so paintings in inventory and am working on new outlets that will bring together artist and collector. Obviously, you can find out more on my website.

Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
The biggest challenge is to be more than just an artist. Painting is the thing I love to do most but is a small part of becoming a success at what you do. In order to sell your work you have to work at making contacts, entering shows, networking, having a presence on social media, etc. Not really my favorite things to do but absolutely necessary to achieve the dream of a well rounded professional artist.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I currently have a show organized by a group of artists that are trying to get work into nontraditional spaces in Oceanside. The first show there opened with seven paintings at the O’side Bakery on Mission Street. They had a huge space with blank white walls that needed art so we filled it and had a successful opening on July 14th. The show will be up for two months and I encourage anyone interested in the arts to go by and take a look. I have to give a plug to the bakery here, the owners and staff have put together one of the most authentic French style bakeries anywhere in the area. YUM

I will have my biggest opportunity in August when a new gallery opens in LaJolla on Prospect Street in the heart of the gallery district. I will provide more info on that as it gets closer and space is ready.

My website has photos, stories from the media and schedules of upcoming shows as well as those in the past.

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