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Brown & Son


Country: United Kingdom


One of the generative artists known as the ‘Algorists’, Paul Brown is an award-winning artist and writer who has specialised in art, science and technology since the late 1960s, and helped define the field of computational and early digital art in the 1970s. His work is in the collections of, or has been shown at, major galleries including: Barbican; Tate; ICA; Victoria & Albert Museum; Adelaide Festival; ARCO, Spain; Substation, Singapore and Venice Biennale. Paul is famously credited with creating - from hand-punched code - what is considered to be the world’s first real-time generative work: Builder/Eater (1977).

Born in Liverpool in 1977, Daniel Brown grew up among computers, both by playing video games and watching his father at work as a pioneer of computer graphics. After his father left Liverpool, the family friend, the late Roy Stringer, who worked in the Learning Methods Unit at the city's John Moores University, allowed Daniel to use the computers there. The Learning Methods Unit was then developing early interactive learning tools on CD-Rom and the Internet. After he left school, Stringer gave him a job at Amaze, the design company spun out of the Unit. In the 1990s, whilst still a teenager, Daniel started to contribute to the development of interactive and network art. He has since worked with luxury brands and well-known names within the fashion and design industry, won awards for his work, as well as exhibited work in international galleries. His work with Nick Knight has seen him collaborate with the likes of Lady Gaga, Bjork and Naomi Campbell.

Daniel Brown has exhibited in galleries such as San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, London Design Museum and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and received the London Design Museum's UK Designer of Year Award in 2004.

The duo decided to brand themselves as Brown & Son after both exhibiting in different shows at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2009-10 – Daniel with a specially commissioned work as the entrance feature for the blockbuster Decode: Digital Design Sensations exhibition, and Paul in the historical survey Digital Pioneers. In 2015, they held a retrospective of their work at Watermans Arts Centre in London.