"Alexander Brown creates monolithic symbols that transcend classifications of geography and philosophy of art. His work is thoughtfully conceived and beautifully executed. At the same time, it speaks clearly to people from all walks of life, because it conveys universal ideas of nature, time, and repose. The pristine curves and solid proportions of his ageless sculptures provide a refuge for the spirit. The symbolism is new yet familiar, stating its internal truth in a believable voice.
Educated in the great movements of modern art, Brown acknowledges the importance of certain mileposts in twentieth century sculpture: the abstract work of David Smith and Henry Moore, and especially the ancient Oriental esthetic of Isamu Noguchi. Above and beyond the essential grammar of these influences, however, his ideas are expressed by means of his own extensive language of form.
Alexander Brown's sculptures exert a quiet but commanding presence that draws equally from East and West. 'Twentieth century abstract sculpture has given us an exposure to a mix of elements that we never had before,'he says. 'The Japanese concept of shibui, for instance, is a language few artists have discovered or used, although it belongs to all of us.' A close look at Brown's work reveals the influence of the shibui esthetic, which combines sumptuous detail with simplicity, luxury with understatement, and delicate pattern with the patina of centuries.
Alexander Brown's work is based on the language of elementals - circle and square, rectangle and disc, intersecting arcs and organic symmetry. Brown incorporates ancient Eastern influences with the intelligence of contemporary Western art. The result is a long series of perfectly balanced meditations in steel and stone."
~ Suzanne Deats, Arts writer, Santa Fe
"I view my work as a marriage of thought, intuition, esthetics, and stubbornness. The esthetics involve the nature of the materials as well as my fascination with the harmony and counterpoint of spatial relationships. Invisible or spiritual order is analogous to material order. Design is the elixir of creating, stubbornness the glue of technical realization.
"Persistence is how I have managed to work through two decades in the changing art world of Santa Fe, but it is a cultural osmosis of a greater art world that helps inspire my vision."
~ Alexander Brown