“Chapel Hill artist Mark Brown, a much celebrated, widely collected, very private painter, lives deep in the woods… In the studio behind his house, he paints large, meditative, deeply saturated abstract works, many on distinct lozenge-shaped canvases and panels of birch… Brown’s work reflects a distinct interiority, and aims to inspire a similar contemplativeness in its viewer.”
Liza Roberts, Art of the State, University of North Carolina Press (2022)

“The Ackland is delighted to have acquired this splendid painting [Blue Elegy], a major work by one of the state’s leading painters. It is a powerful abstraction, layered and meditative, that significantly enriches our holdings.”
Peter Nisbet, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, Ackland Art Museum