Lyndell Brown and Charles Green

Lyndell Brown and Charles Green have worked as a collaborative artist team since 1989 with an extensive exhibition history across more than 40 solo exhibitions and 50 curated shows both nationally and internationally. Their practice is intensely conscious of the tensions and ethics of collecting, documenting and representing through a multi-discplinary approach that encompasses mixed media on paper, oil paintings on linen, large format photographs, and paintings over transparent digital prints. The archive of art and the turbulence of history are worlds that connect in their cosmopolitan art, along with the concept of a postnational culture. That is why their sophisticated quotation of found images are drawn from a rich archive of global visual history, for instance of the Apollo 11 moon landing gathered from NASA’s documentation and equally from the Vietnam War. The artists layer and modify imagery gathered during their fieldwork to create powerful, constructed tableaux and mediate a history pinned in place by indexes of contemporary world-making across panoramic perspectives.

Brown and Green works have been collected by major Australian public art museums and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Australian War Memorial, the National Gallery of Victoria, and the Queensland Art Gallery. Both artists hold academic tenure at the University of Melbourne with Charles Green as the Professor of Contemporary Art and Lyndell Brown as a Research Fellow.

The artists were appointed as Australia’s Official War Artists in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2007-08 with Brown being the first Australian woman to visit a battleground in an official artist capacity. Between 2011 and 2019, they worked on a follow-up project in collaboration with artist Jon Cattapan (assisted by two Australian Research Council Discovery Grants) about the aftermath of Australia’s wars since Vietnam, which the three artists exhibited in Melbourne across two galleries in late 2014, accompanied by a book (Framing Conflict: Contemporary War and Aftermath, Macmillan, 2014). In 2017, Brown and Green were commissioned to design a major tapestry Morning Star woven by the Australian Tapestry Workshop, to celebrate the opening of the Sir John Monash Centre at Villers-Bretonneaux, France.

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