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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


11-11            George Billis Gallery, Culver City, CA

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

04-10            Unfold Nicoletta Rusconi Gallery, Milan, Italy

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



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            Transformall, 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 Ink Keith 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 Show AMFAC 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