Free Beer

12 Jan 2015 – 6 Feb 2015

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Open daily from 9am-5pm.

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The Norman Rea Gallery

York, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Take number 4 from city centre to University Library and follow signs to Derwent College

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The Norman Rea Gallery’s first exhibition of 2015 is going off with a BANG, inviting you into the imagination of multi-media artist Benjamin Brown.

The art of Benjamin Brown is not that which it first appears. Seemingly regressive and exploratory of the childish mind, the underlying tones of juxtaposed comedy and violence, emotive exploitation and unguarded exposure challenge our own perceptions of the world which we inhabit. This is one man's interpretation of the war zones and disasters which we are privy to everyday; whether we ignore or acknowledge them, they are omnipresent, and seemingly inevitable in human nature. Brown's work acts as a commentary on this and offers us both escapism and acceptance in dark humour, and in a range of mediums.

Simultaneously an artist and a poet, a freedom fighter and an omniscient narrator, Brown challenges that which we think we know, and that which we undoubtedly do not. Accumulating work produced over the past two years whilst moving through different levels of art school education at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, this truly is a Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Through the use of painting, sculpture, and collage, the work's intimate, self-referential nature is apparent, and we encourage you to explore this. 

We invite you to our preview on Monday 12th January (7-9pm) for this exhibition featuring photograph collages, paintings, and work in a wide range of mediums, and ask you to join us for ‘Free Beer’, homemade vegan cake, and limited editions zines on offer.

Curated by Catrin Podgorski.


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Catrin Podgorski

Exhibiting artists

Benjamin Brown


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