Cecily Brown is one of the most celebrated artists working in painting today. Walking a fine line between figuration and abstraction, she virtuously combines the dramatic compositions of baroque with the expressive force of action painting. Brown draws on a wide range of art historical references, such as the haunting, fractured forms of Francis Bacon, the gestural expressionism of Willem de Kooning and the fantastical visual world of Hieronymous Bosch. In breaking down historical compositions with virtuosic, gestural brushstrokes, Cecily Brown seeks to distance the viewer to some extent to a position of voyeurism, particularly in relation to the overtly sexual scenes. Brown stated that “One of the main things I would like my work to do is to reveal itself slowly, continuously and for you never to feel that you’re really finished looking at something.” Alongside fellow painters, Peter Doig, Chris Ofili and Neo Rauch, Cecily Brown is regarded as one of the central forces in the resurgence of painting at the end of the 1990s. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at major institutions including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark. Cecily Brown was born in London in 1969, and currently lives in New York City.