James Brown Jr., Capricorn Planetary Alignment 2020-2021

Solo Art Exhibit at ARTfactory

Exhibit dates: January 28-March 19
9419 Battle St, Manassas, VA 20110

The art is for sale, contact jexum@VirginiaARTfactory.org or call 703-330-2787 for more info.

Meet the Artist: March 5, 2 pm- 4 pm (9419 Battle St, Manassas)
RSVP Here: tinyurl.com/JBJMeet

Multi-mixed medium textile fiber artist James Brown Jr. will discuss the history and process behind the artwork in his solo exhibition. This event is free. Masks required.

The ARTfactory is pleased to present the cumulative work of multi-mixed medium textile fiber artist James Brown Jr. in his solo exhibit Capricorn Planetary Alignment 2020-2021.

Capricorn Planetary Alignment 2020-2021

Dreaming of Trees = Deep Rooted Thoughts, Felted wool fiber painting with cotton floss threads, 24″ L x 27″ W

2020 was a year of global pandemic. Enormous changes caused limitation-isolation-lockdown-confinements-seclusion-powerlessness-fear-anxiety-depression-confusion-lack of trust-increase death rate-anger-panic-violent outburst and suicide, globally. Multitudes of people around the universe found this time to introspect. Therefore, preparing themselves for all the new changes to come.

About the Artist

About the Artist
James Brown, Jr. was born in Harlem in 1939. He traveled annually to his family farm in Florida, located in an African village hidden away in the Ocala forest. The land was part of the homestead of his great-grandfather, an African who had escaped from slavery in South Carolina. In 1958, Brown’s art education began at the Art Students League, and for the following ten years he attended the School of Visual Arts. In 1984, Brown received a BFA from the University of South Florida, and in 1987 he earned an MFA from Howard University. Brown’s creative process changed drastically after his MFA experience, from watercolors to textile/fibers. Both of his parents worked with textiles, from upholstery fabrics to lace and silks. Brown uses techniques of stitching, embroidery, silk painting, appliquéing strips and felting, both wet and needle. Brown’s textiles have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution’s annual Folk Life Festival, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, the Arts Club of Washington and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Artist Statement
Brown documents his environment as he continues to create his art in several mediums from works on paper to textiles of many different fibers. Brown says that his dreams heavily influence the completion of his works, and believes that as spiritual beings we are connected to the universe. He recognizes himself as a traditionalist, and a visionary. He embroiders, does hand stitching, paints on silk and has embraced the magical process of painting with wool fibers and felting.