Above: The artist Alex Brown in his Des Moines studio in 2013.
Like so many others, we were shocked and saddened last week by news of the sudden passing of Alex Brown, 52, an artist and musician who was born in Des Moines and returned here to create artwork that has been exhibited worldwide.
Brown was featured in dsm magazine as early as 2013, when his oil-on-canvas painting “Bird,” right, was the cover image for a summer issue.
“It’s extraordinary, and so fortunate, that such a highly complex artist, with gallery shows in New York, Geneva, Japan, etc., chose Des Moines to work and make his home,” Des Moines Art Center Director Jeff Fleming said at the time, when the Art Center purchased one of Brown’s works for its permanent collection.
You can read that dsm magazine article here, and read the artist’s obituary here. His talent and his presence in the community will be missed.
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