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Charles Brown was born in 1945 and lives and works in San Francisco, California. He received his M.A. in Art from Humboldt State University in 1971. Most well known for his commercial work, Brown is a highly regarded muralist. His work can be found in public buildings world wide. His real love, however, is fine art painting, and he is remarkably versatile in his subject matter. Stylistically, Brown's eye is eclectic and wide-ranging, too much so to be limited to any single art-historical source. His most recent body of work (for which a catalog is available) points to the 19th century scientific photography of Eadweard Muybridge, especially Muybridge's sequential photographic studies of human and animal locomotion begun in Northern California for former state governor Leland Stanford. Additionally, there is within these works the influence of other artists, most importantly 20th century painter Francis Bacon and Caravaggio from the Italian Baroque.
Brown's work is in numerous collections, including A.T. & T., New York and Chicago, Notre Dame University Museum, University of New Mexico Museum of Art, San Mateo College, United Airlines, Honolulu and the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. His murals can be found in the San Francisco New Main Library, the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, Japan, the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas Nevada, the Grand Casino, Deauville, France, and Sony Entertainment World Headquarters, Culver City, California.