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Joan Brown Biography
Joan Brown was an American figurative painter who lived and worked in Northern California. She studied at the California School Of Fine Art (now San Francisco Art Institute) and is considered a member of the “second generation” of the Bay Area Figurative Movement. Brown achieved prominence with a style of figurative painting that combined bright color, sometimes cartoonish drawing, and personal symbolism. In the late 1970s, Brown became increasingly interested in spirituality and New Age ideas, eventually becoming an adherent of Sathya Sai Baba. She made a number of trips to his ashram in Puttaparthi, India. In 1990, she died in a construction accident while installing an obelisk at the Sai Baba’s Eternal Heritage Museum, “Sanathana Samskruti” in Puttaparthi, India.