Ini Brown is unarguably the most versatile and prolific Water Colorist in recent times to have graced the Nigerian and African art scene. His creativity, ingenuity and dexterity with the water color medium is simply breath taking. His unique technique in the dramatic use of watercolor is awesome.
Ini Brown uses the strokes of the brush in the medium, almost like second skin to him. He captures the everyday lives of people around him noting the diversity of his environment. Ini has vastly explored people and spaces drawing inspiration from daily life and struggles of people, destiny, circumstances. He reflects the day to day life, aspiration, hope, struggle and despair of people.
Ini Brown's creative prowess has span over three decades. And has been demonstrated at about 20 solo arts exhibitions in Nigeria, Africa and abroad. He has also participated in over 18 group exhibitions with very intimidating use of Water Colors without boundaries.
Ini Brown is a first class graduate of the Federal Polytechnic Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria. After which he participated in several workshops in watercolor in England. And attended Fate Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria to blend the spirit of creativity and nature together.
Ini Brown is the recipient of several awards and commendations. And is also mentioned in an international publication, Nigeria Artist; A Who's Who and Bibliography African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, United States of America.
Some of his solo exhibitions were in United Kingdom, South Africa, France and Germany.
" The Transparency of the Water Color medium is fantastic! So even though I am a full time and complete painter who uses Oils, Acrylics etc on Canvas and so on Water Color is my passion. But it means that unlike oils where the weak areas maybe covered with opaque layers I do not have such luxuries. Virtually every brush stroke is visible in the finished work. And this is a challenge that I enjoy.
I also enjoy the use of the White of the paper itself. Its fascinating when the white of paper shows through the paintings. So I find myself just painting away parts of the white of the paper with darker values or tones. Trying to create light through.
The Wetness and Flows of the medium, the organic and inorganic reactions, Intermixes, unpredictability, these I have to control around the features. The dynamism and timing. That spur of the moment action, capturing Moods after Moods!."