BiographyJohn C. Brown was born in 1934 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. After studying landscape architecture for two years at Iowa State University, his interest shifted to art. He received his BA with a major in art from Iowa State Teacher’s College (now University of Northern Iowa) in Cedar Falls in 1956. After a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, he established a studio in Cedar Falls. He also worked as a commercial artist for a firm in Waterloo, Iowa, and eventually opened his own studio. From 1969 to 1977, he was an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Northern Iowa. After teaching, he worked as an artist in several locations ultimately residing in Florida. He has exhibited widely in a number of states.
Brown exhibited in the Oil/Polymer Painting Show which was part of the Fine Arts Festival of March 10-20, 1967. The painting which was purchased from this Festival, "Grey Head," was one of a series of self-portraits painted in the late nineteen-sixties. Brown said it was the smallest of the major portraits in the series and perhaps the most elegant. He explained that the three small head representations at the top simply take the elements that distinguish this particular face and render them in the three primary colors, red, yellow and blue. This serves to make the eye jump around the painting surface. As a result, the larger grey head becomes colored by the brain and eyes of the viewer.
Source of BiographyDaily Record (Cedar Falls), July 26, 1968