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Tony Brown Biography

The multi disciplinary artist Tony Brown from LA holds a Master’s degree in Fine Art from MFA, California State University Long Beach and has been showing his works with George Billis Gallery in Culver City, Nicoletta Rusconi Gallery in Milan, Italy, and various other galleries and art spaces. His latest focus lies on ceramics. Tony Brown’s collectors include celebrities such as Drew Barrymore, Mark Ruffalo and Jake Gyllenhaal as well as The State of Hawaii Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Honolulu, HI.


2000      MFA, California State University Long Beach

1994      BFA, University of Hawaii at Manoa



2021     Overlay, D2 Art, Inglewood, CA

2020     All options are on the table”, Little Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2019    Tony Brown Show, D2 Art, Inglewood, CA

2019     Garden Party, D2 Art, Inglewood, CA

2016     Ether ore, Start Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, solo

2015    Reliving 3, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA

2015     10,000ft2 show/retrospective, 600 E. 4thst, Los Angeles, CA

2014     Recollections, Arapahoe Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2014     Outtakes and inlay, David Draper Gallery, Hollywood, CA

2012     Untitled, Compound Project, Malibu, CA

2011      Internal, X-ray Installation, Huntington Apartments, Los Angeles, CA

2011      Espacio, Santa Monica, CA, Solo

11-11   George Billis Gallery, Culver City, CA

08-10   To Be Titled, Compound Project, Malibu, CA

04-10   Unfold Nicoletta Rusconi Gallery, Milan, IT

07-09   George Billis Gallery, Culver City, CA

03-08   Recessed, DCA Fine Arts, Santa Monica, CA

02-07   In and Around the House, 55 Mercer Gallery, NYC

11-05   Ten Foot Pole Productions, Los Angeles, CA

10-04   Ten Foot Pole Productions, Los Angeles, CA

12-03   Ruminations, Viento Y Agua Gallery, Long Beach, CA

10-03   Recent Ruminations, Pavo Real Gallery, Lake Hughes, CA

09-02   2 1/2 D Urbanatural, Soapbox, Venice, CA

09-01    New Paintings Soapbox, Venice, CA

12-99    Simple Poetics, Gallery B Long Beach, CA

04-99    Melting Point Gallery, San Francisco, CA



2016      Jolly night at the races, derelict building, Los Angeles, CA

2014      Yern WPCA, Milwaukee, WI

2012     Four artists, The Hollywood, Hollywood, CA

2011     Come_Le_Lucciole, Nicoletta Rusconi Gallery, Milan, IT

2011     Westward eye, Beth Mcneil Art Group, New York, NY

2010     On Paper, George Billis Gallery, Culver City, CA

2010     Group Summer Art Show, George Billis Gallery, Culver City CA

2010     ReCreate L.A., Tree People, Cold Water Canyon Park, CA

2010     Milan Art Fair, Nicoletta Rusconi Gallery, Italy

2010     Bologna Art Fair, Nicoletta Rusconi Gallery, Italy

2010     FADA, Los Angeles Art Show, George Billis Gallery

2010     Woodie, Attic Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2010     Plucked, Sam Francis Gallery, Crossroads School, Santa Monica, CA

2009     Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, George Billis Gallery

2009     EXPOSED, Bixby Knolls, CA

2009     Rock and Elegance, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Curator Hillary Metz

2008     Suspended Animation, site-specific installation for FOCA, Curator Miguel Nelson

2007     Tree House Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007     Behind Closed Doors, Tahoe, CA

2006     Free Transposition, Hamburg, Germany

2006     Vern In Heat, 55 Mercer Gallery, NY

2006     Transnormal, New York Arts Magazine Gallery, NY

2006     Inner Space, Outer Limits, Walker Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI

2005     Tiger Tiger Rain Rain, Jackson House, Venice, CA

2005     VERN, Interjacent I-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005     Group Show, Kontainer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005     Hand Sought, Brewery, Los Angeles, CA

2005     Reliving, SCA Project Gallery, Pomona, CA

2004     Inverse, SCA Project Gallery, Pomona, CA

2004     VERN at the Mirror, Madrid, Spain

2004     Playing Card Show, Seoul, Korea, with catalogue

2004     Identification, Highways Performance Space and Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2004     Reliving, Werby Gallery, CSULB, Long Beach, CA

2003     Placebo, Canvas Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2003     VERN: Berlin, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, Germany

2003     Romanian Literature Museum, Bucharest, Romania

2002     Melting Point Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2002     VERN: UrbanLab, Chicago, IL

2002     ReOrganica Soapbox Gallery, Venice, CA

2000     Push Pece Gallery, Santa Anna, CA

2000     Mapdancing  Gumbo Garden, Hollywood, CA

2000     Ceramics/Fibers  Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA

2000     Re-Generation  Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

1999     Figurative Configuration  Sam Francis Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1999     In Search of Milieu, Gallery C, CSULB, with catalogue

1999     Festival of the Arts  Carpenter Performing Arts Center CSULB

1998     Genital Issues, Gallery C,CSULB

1997     A Search For Origins, Gallery C, CSULB, with catalogue

1997     The Celebrated Box, Fine Arts Gallery, Cal State L.A.

1997     City Dialogues: Passports, Gallery C, CSULB, with catalogue

1994     Showcase ‘94 Queen Emma Gallery Curator Masa Taira, Honolulu, HI

1994     Hawaii Invitational Sculpture Exhibition, The Honolulu Advertiser

Gallery, Curator Jay Jensen, Honolulu, HI




2000      New American Paintings: MFA Annual, Exhibition in Print

2000      Found Objects Exhibit, Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA, Juror

George Herms

2000      ANA 28  Holter Museum of Art  Helena, Montana, Juror Peter Plagens

1999      Sunspot Laboratory Show  Fine Arts Gallery Cal State L.A.

Polytechnic University, Pomona, Jurors Toby Moss and Jo Lauria

  • Clay and InkKeith and Kellogg University Art Gallery  Cal State

Polytechnic University, Pomona

1994     Graduate Art Student League Show Gallery B, Juror Kim Abeles,


1994     17th Annual Vahki Exhibition Galleria Mesa Jurors David Pimentel and Rudy Turk,

Mesa, AZ

  • Commitment to Excellence AMFAC Exhibition Center Jurors Jay

Jensen, Lucile Cooper, and Sharon Carter Smith, Honolulu, HI

  • Association of Hawaii Artists Contemporary ShowAMFAC Exhibition Center

Honolulu, HI

1994     College Art ‘94 AMFAC Exhibition Center Honolulu, HI




Grant:  Beverly G. Alpay Memorial Award, 2000

Marilyn Werby Memorial Scholarship, 1999

CSULB Travel Scholarship: Italy, 1999

Yomiuri USA Outstanding Newcomer Award, Commitment to Excellence 1994

Ceramic Award, Hawaii Craftsmen 1994

Dick Hart Memorial Award Hawaii Craftsmen 1994

Honorable Mention AHA Contemporary Show 1994

Grant: Cybil Heidi Art Assistance Fund, 1994

State of Hawaii Foundation on Culture and the Arts Acquisition Award, College Art ‘94

Ceramics Hawaii Award, College Art ‘94

U of Hawaii Art Dept. J. Halley Cox Outstanding Student Award of 1992-1993




Nip/Tuck, Season 4, 2006

Monk, third season of the television series created by Andy Breckman.

13 Going On 30, feature film directed by Gary Winick for Sony Pictures, 2004

Ocean’s Twelve, feature film directed by Steven Soderbergh for Warner Bros., 2004

Beck and Call, television pilot executive produced by Lisa Kudrow for Warner Bros., 2004

Dinner for Schmucks, Still in production, I don’t know anything else yet. 2010




ARTE Magazine, April 2010.

Several articles in German about VERN Hamburg, I can’t read but will send upon request.

Luiza Barcan, Split Dreams: Vern Group Exhibition in Romania,, July 2003

New American Paintings, MFA Annual, August, 2000 pg. 23-26

Shirle Gottlieb Comely Castoffs Press Telegram 4-12-2000, pg. C-1

Joan Rose Japanese Chamber of Commerce: 16th Annual Exhibition Honolulu Advertiser  9-94

Joan Rose Undergraduate Exhibition the Honolulu Advertiser 5-16-93, Pg. F-11




Loro Piana

Jay Jensen, Associate Director and Chief Curator for the Contemporary Museum of Modern Art, HI

The State of Hawaii Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Honolulu, HI

Martin Brest, Producer, Director, Los Angeles

Drew Barrymore, Actor, Los Angeles

Mark Ruffalo, Actor, Los Angeles

Jake Gyllenhaal, Actor, Los Angeles