About D.P. Brown

  • Born in 1939 Forestville, ON, Canada
  • B.F.A. Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, 1961
  • Honorary Doctorate, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, 1989
In his youth Daniel Price Erichsen-Brown had special, personal experiences with art and the making of art. As a boy during summer visits to his grandfather's place on Georgian Bay (Ontario), Dan met many painters of the Canadian tradition including A.Y. Jackson, Fred Varley, Will Ogilvie. Not only did he have the privilege of accompanying Jackson and Ogilvie on sketching trips, he also participated in their end of day critique sessions. When his father, a member of the Canadian consular services was posted to Brussels (Belgium), Dan attended boarding school in Holland. For a youth with nascent artistic sensibility this was a momentous move. He was living in the centre of European art. There were rich experiences of summer travel to all the great European cities of art: Florence, Rome, Brugge, Ghent, Amsterdam, Paris, and London. He had the extraordinary experience of sitting in museum vaults and personally looking through folios of da Vinci drawings. He found his personal pantheon of gods including da Vinci, Titian, Vermeer, van Eyck, Durer; he marvelled at their craftsmanship, their skill. He deeply appreciated Pieter Bruegel with his honest presentations of human nature and daily life with at times a bawdy sense of humour.

At seventeen, after showing drawings to Lawren P. Harris Dan enrolled at Mount Allison University (Sackville, New Brunswick). Instructors included Alex Colville, Lawren P. Harris, Edward B. Pulford; colleagues included Christopher Pratt, Tom Forrestall.

In 1961 he graduated and returned to Ontario (Canada) and began to make his art. For the following 35 years he lived mostly in Ontario, in both rural and small town settings. In this period he had solo exhibitions in Canada and participated in group exhibitions in Canada, US, England and Europe. In the mid 90's he left Ontario for nearly a decade to live in Baltimore (Maryland USA) and then Brussels (Belgium). Today he lives north of Toronto (Ontario) in a rural setting. He has never stopped making his art.

His techniques are those of his gods: drawing in silverpoint or with carbon pencil, painting with egg tempera on boards prepared with gesso made from whiting and rabbits' skin glue. His attention to detail and to execution is also very evident in his handmade prints.

Dan's work cannot be easily grouped by subject; rather there are themes and ideas to which he returns again and again. The landscape: not the wild landscape of the Canadian Group of Seven but rather the inhabited landscape. The passage of time, and its inevitable cycle of endings, death, change. Social commentary: depictions of the events, the fabric which binds us together. And like so many artists, the genre of the still life and the portrait, and the exploration of the nude: its vulnerability, its truth.

D. P. Brown's works are in important public, private and corporate collections throughout Canada and the World.

Exhibitions and Books

Exhibitions — Solo
  • Dunkelman Gallery, Toronto, 1970
  • Dunkelman Gallery, Toronto, 1970
  • Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto, 1979
  • Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, 1985
  • Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, 1985
  • Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, NB, 1985
  • Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 1985
  • Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, NB, 1985
Exhibitions — Group
  • Banfer Gallery, New York, 1963
  • Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1964
  • London Public Gallery, London, ON, 1967
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 1970
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, 1970
  • Mount Allison University Art Gallery, Sackville, NB 1974
  • Canada House, London, 1974
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, 1975
  • Brantford Art Gallery, Brantford, 1976
  • Kuntshalle, Nuremberg, Germany, 1976
  • Fischer Fine Art Ltd., London, England, 1979
  • Gallery Stratford, Stratford, ON, 1979
  • Bayard Gallery, New York, 1981
  • Kaspar Gallery, Toronto, 1982
  • The Nickle Museum, Calgary, 1985
  • Loch Gallery, Toronto, 2005
  • Loch Gallery, Toronto, ON, 2006
  • Owens Art Gallery, "A Tribute to Alex Colville Then and Now, " Sackville, NB 2007
  • Loch Gallery, Toronto, ON, 2007
  • Loch Gallery, Toronto, ON, 2008
  • Loch Gallery, Calgary, AB, 2008
  • Loch Gallery, Toronto, ON, 2009
  • Loch Gallery, Calgary, AB, 2009
Public Collections
  • Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Kingston, ON
  • Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS
  • Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa
  • Canadian Industries Limited (CIL), Montreal, Quebec
  • Kitchener-Waterloo, Kitchener, ON
  • London Regional Art Gallery, London, ON
  • Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB
  • Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, ON
Numerous Commissioned Portraits and Paintings


J. Russell Harper, Painting in Canada: A History, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1966

Paul Duval, Four Decades Clarke, Irwin & Company Ltd., Toronto (1972)

Paul Duval, High Realism in Canada, Clarke, Irwin & Company Ltd., Toronto, 1974

Frances Duncan Barwick, Pictures from the Douglas M. Duncan Collection, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1975

Jerrold Morris, 100 Years of Canadian Drawings, Methuen, Toronto, 1980

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