Jon Brown Featured in Ocean City, Maryland's 2015 Sunny Day Guide
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Jon Brown, whose art pieces are available at Ocean City's Ocean Gallery is once again showcased as a featured artist:
Brown, a Baltimore-area native, is best known for incorporating his home state into his work. He began drawing blue crabs in 1994, partly because so many illustrations of local crabs were inaccurate. Under Brown’s deft hand, the area’s beloved crustacean is often incorporated into a scene with local landmarks, such as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and collectors eagerly await a new series each year. Not surprisingly, Brown has been dubbed “Maryland’s Crab Artist.” “I’ve gained a certain notoriety for it,” he acknowledges. However, rockfish, celebrities and Baltimore sports teams also provide inspiration for Brown’s work.
His limited-edition pencil drawings are in high demand. This year, he’s also offering giclée canvases. While his pencil images are often 16” x 20” when matted, the giclée – fine art digital prints – can be quite large, which is ideal for homeowners with two-story great rooms and foyers. “The power of the images gets stronger when you magnify the size,” he notes.
To create the giclée art, Brown devised a digital paint process that combines photographic elements on the computer screen, which he digitally hand brushes. The technique allows him to better paint certain scenes, such as a female crab nesting in grass underneath the water. “It’s hard to capture that with a graphite pencil,” he explains. “This new process opens doors.”
He’s also used the digital process to paint landscapes, such as a three-piece panorama of the Inner Harbor, waterfowl and Maryland icons. “Cross Street,” an homage to the Cross Street Market, features a plate of gleaming oysters on the half shell, two frosty bottles of National Bohemian Beer (Natty Boh) and the Ravens’ emblem.
Those who collect his work in pencil needn’t fret. He’s still drawing, coloring, shading and adding texture to bring his subjects to life, a process that can take up to 600 hours. That doesn’t include the research involved to accurately depict the Maryland memorabilia that makes viewers wax nostalgic, such as a newspaper with the headline “Would You Believe It? Four Straight!,” which refers to the Orioles’ sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1966 World Series.
You can view Brown’s new giclées in the Celebrity Room at Ocean Gallery, which is large enough to accommodate them. Ocean Gallery is located at the Boardwalk and Second Street, Ocean City, MD. (410-289-5300). Or, visit www.oceangallery.com. Brown is a frequent visitor himself, and if you time it right, you might catch him drawing on the boardwalk out front. You can also visit Brown’s website, www.jwbartunlimited.com. Come back often. The prolific Brown’s offerings change frequently.