oil on canvas
60" x 48"
According to Brown, his close friend and instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ray Yoshida, was one of the most important influences on his work. Yoshida passed away in 2009 and this painting was part of his personal collection. It was gifted, alongside thirty-six other works of art, to the museum by the artist’s estate and the Kohler Foundation. Both Yoshida and Brown were collectors of art, antique toys, masks, and oddities they found at flea markets. This circus scene by Brown mirrors one of the many shelves in Yoshida’s home lined with vignettes of toys and figurines.
Gift of the Raymond K. Yoshida Living Trust and Kohler Foundation, Inc.