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Phil Brown by Jun Chen

Phil Brown

Jun Chen

About the artist

Brisbane based artist, Jun Chen was born in China, studying at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. He came to Australia in 1980, and did a Master of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) at QUT. He has been an Archibald Prize finalist seven times; five-time Sulman Prize and four-time Wynne Prize finalist. He is represented in Coast Art Gallery, Queensland Art Museum and QUT art Museum. In 2013 he won the Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane and the King’s School Art Price Award. 

About the sitter

Phil Brown is Arts Editor of The Courier-Mail. He has written for a range of national and international newspapers and magazines and has published his poetry widely in the mainstream press and literary journals. He is the author of two books of verse – Plastic Parables, and An Accident in the Evening (Interactive Press). His book of humorous travel stories, Travels with My Angst was short-listed for the Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Award at the 2005 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. Any Guru Will Do was the second in his memoir series. From 1963 to 1970 he lived in Hong Kong where his father ran a construction company. Chen was attracted to painting Phil because of his understanding of Chinese culture, and also his extensive knowledge of and interest in the arts, especially in Brisbane. Brown’s most recent book is The Kowloon Kid, which is about his time growing up in Hong Kong.