Documenting unposed real people and actual scenes from southern history.
A. C. Brown was born in Sans Souci, a small community outside of Greenville, SC. After graduating from Furman University and the Medical College of South Carolina, he worked at Emory University, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine. His introduction to art developed and resulted from his medical background; medicine taught him close observation and expanded his vision. He used original illustrations, diagrams, and sketches for teaching and research at Emory University School of Medicine and Georgia Institute of Technology.
Winston Churchill, in his essay Painting As A Pastime, claimed that anyone who started painting late in life without any formal training required only one quality or trait: audacity. Dr. Brown started painting when he was seventy-two-years-old. His art education developed from classes at Emory Callanwolde, the Roswell Art Program, Old World Art Classes, Chastain Arts Center, and the Spruill Arts Center. His respected teachers, artists, and mentors include Amelia James, Chris Didomizio, Doug Gifford, Sharon Erickson, Al Johnson, Jerome Grimmer, Phillip Carpenter, Karen Chesney, Cherry Baird, and Marie Matthews.
For more than three years, he has developed original oil paintings of the “Eudora Welty Series” from impressions of 1930s black-and-white photographs of Mississippi during the Great Depression (with permission of The Eudora Welty Foundation, Jackson, MS). The scenes selected by Dr. Brown reminded him of growing up in South Carolina and his oil paint brought to life captured moments in time of the south. Dr. Brown’s new series “Bye Gone Days” is also derived from photographic experiences of the Great Depression, a time that he feels is pertinent for this generation to understand. On the back of each painting. a story is written based on the state or historical society archive from which the photographs were found. Currently, permission has been obtained from seven southern states to render oil impressions from selections of their digitized photographic collections from this period of American history. In the artist’s own words “I have a lot to learn and share with my children and grandchildren of the sacrifices of the Silent Generation (1929-1939): my generation.”