An image of The beautiful one is here

Mike Brown

(Australia 08 May 1938 – 09 Apr 1997)

The beautiful one is here

Not on display
Further information

Mike Brown’s dense collage of nude women in sexually suggestive poses was sourced from magazines, comics, newspapers and other media of the day, and reflects prevailing attitudes to women in Australian culture of the late 1960s.

Brown wanted his art to be made from everyday life and its materials. His choice of images for this collage acknowledged the existence of private sexual fantasy, the porn industry and sexually exploitative advertising. It also revealed his antagonism towards the elitism and conventions of ‘high’ art. Today it is more difficult to appreciate the relative shock value of this work at the time it was made, when the broader Australian society was deeply conservative. For those who welcomed the more socially progressive 1960s, however, it represented a liberating celebration of sexual freedom (coupled with a blindness, from today’s perspective, to its sexism).

Painting, Collage
collage of magazine, newspapre and comics cuttings, synthetic polymer paint on hardboard
121.5 x 121.5 cm board; 124.0 x 124.2 x 8.8 cm frame
Purchased 1975
Accession number
© Mike Brown Estate