Cecily Brown's five editions of pastoral and animal subject matter explore the printmaking process through offset and stone lithography. The Crow and Kitten is a large gestural work whose images of birds, cats, rabbits, and other rural creatures are modified through multiple layers of offset lithography. The key plate image of Brown's second edition, What the Shepherd Saw, is pulled from a lithographic stone with light Arcadian colors created from an offset procedure. This smaller-scale composition is inspired by the Thomas Hardy short story of the same name. The larger most recent lithographs are exploring a completely new way of working, in which found images are built up and layered to create an aesthetic similar to what Brown achieves in her paintings, but with less use of the brushstroke. All of these dynamic editions have emerged from collaboration since 2012 with the Neiman Center's Master Printer Doug Bennett.
Cecily Brown was born in 1969 in London. She attended the Slade School of Art at the University College of London where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Since the early 1990s, she has been living and working in New York. Her first solo exhibition was at Deitch Projects in 1997. Since 1999, Brown has been represented by Gagosian Gallery, where she has had several exhibitions both in London and New York. In Berlin, she is represented by Contemporary Fine Art.
Cecily Brown's paintings, prints, and drawings are in a number of museum collections, including the Tate Gallery, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt, and the Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna in Portugal.