Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Paul Brown, Equestrian Artist

Paul Desmond Brown (1893-1958) was an American illustrator who specialized in equestrian subjects. He developed his skills by his own study and practice rather than at an art school.

According to the Chisolm Gallery: "He used his wonderful powers of observation, drew heavily upon his copious notes and studies and greatly accepted the benefits of the camera only to cement his ideas. The rest was practice and care." 

"His photographic memory proved to be an invaluable asset, enabling him to render images of specific moments sometimes years after they had taken place."

"Brown preferred to draw with a pencil and, although not fond of painting, he successfully employed a technique of using tinted paper with white highlights."

Brown was the author of several drawing books on horses, including Drawing the horse: Gaits, points, and conformation and Draw Horses: It's Fun and Easy.

He also illustrated Black Beauty and other books about horses.
Bio and samples at Chisolm Gallery
Thanks, Sam Robinson


Susan Krzywicki said...

The image of the horse carrying the polo player - #2 on the player's back - caught my eye. The shine on the horse's back end is just beautiful. I've seen that in real life - their coat shiny from natural sheen, exertion and having been a well-cared for animal.

Jim Douglas said...

Susan, I also like the steep angle in the horse's posture in the sketch you mentioned. People often think (and therefore draw) horses standing and running vertically, but horses often twist and lean, especially when turning to chase a polo ball. The dramatic angle of Brown's sketch really adds to the action and proves the merit of overcoming our boring assumptions by drawing from life.

Timothy Bollenbaugh said...

Anyone have any idea as to how significant a role Photographic Memory may play into the accuracy of detail within the context of the subject? As opposed to ordinary memory? Would seem as though a definite sense could register more quickly during the act of drawing, besides whether the end result seems right or not.



scottT said...

Man, that Gypsy King piece is an extraordinary piece of reportage. The sequence along the bottom reminds me of Muybridge. Then with the penmanship in the description, an incredible combination of information and art. I love his dedication to pencil. There are worlds to explore with that humble tool.

Yvonne said...

I don't know how I missed this post. I grew up loving anything Paul Brown. I think his use of pencil is the reason I still like black and white work many times over color. This man could draw anything.