Melissa Brown
  • Melissa Brown, detail
  • Melissa Brown, drying racks
  • Melissa Brown

About the artist

Melissa Brown’s work examines ubiquitous patterns and geometry embedded in nature and in mass printed ephemera, such as lottery tickets, currency and TV guides. Her paintings and prints reform these observations as visionary scenes. Ms. Brown has had solo exhibitions at Bellwether and Canada in New York City and at Kenny Schacter, Rove in London. Her paintings also have been exhibited in group exhibitions at Mass MOCA, Zieher Smith, P.P.O.W, Socrates Sculpture Park, High Dessert Test Sites, Art in General, and Bronx River Art Center, to name a few.

Collaboration and performance are also a large part of her practice. In 2009, she presented How To Win the Lottery as part of the Nuit Blanche festival in Toronto, Canada. This lecture-performance presented observed trends and strategies for selecting the evasive, winning combination of numbers. Currently, she is compiling DOTTOLOTTO, which is a collaborative, public animation made by thousands of participants. Her animation system uses unnumbered connect the dot drawings distributed on Business Reply Postcards.


This artwork was silk screened by the artist using only acid-free materials. Click here to see photos of the printing process.

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The launch of this second set of editions through Random Number Multiples is accompanied by a one-day exhibition of Melissa Brown’s and Man Bartlett’s artworks.

Date: Sunday, May 22, 2011 from 3pm – 6pm
Address: 2128 Caton Avenue, Brooklyn
Subway: B, Q to Parkside Ave

Melissa Brown


Cave View (2011)

Size19 (h) x 12.5 (w) in.
Process5-color silk screen
PaperFrench PopTone 100C
Border1/4 in. on all sides

Cave View showcases Melissa Brown’s fascination with the patterns of rotted and burned wood. In this stylized print, the hollow tree trunk frames a luminous sky and puffy cloud, offering a window onto a slightly lovelier version of reality. This vibrant neo-primitive scene was printed with four separate layers, but the variety of color is an effect of the artist’s masterful handling of subtle gradients.