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Friday 22 March – Tuesday 2 April 2024

Opening Reception Saturday 23 March 2024 3PM-5:30PM

Artist Statement

I find it Interesting that when both sexes are portrayed in art, they are usually portrayed as beautiful in their traditional gender roles. I wish to challenge this. In these Images the human form is displayed in all its beauty but with the expected roles reversed. While some of these images were drawn using a pencil & pencil crayons then inked with pen, scanned, and printed, others were created in a paint program on my Mac then printed off. It’s actually quite rare now that I use traditional artist’s tools. I find digital art (while more time consuming) generally cleaner looking and more pleasing.

Thanks in many ways to the internet and social media, it’s slowly but surely getting more common in our society to see people flout traditional gender norms. As a queer individual, I suppose it’s only natural that my first exhibit would feature this theme.

I would like to thank everyone at the Niagara Artists Centre for giving me this opportunity that I would not have had otherwise. 

– James Paul Brown


My name is James Brown. I was born and raised in St. Catharines where I still reside to this day. I have been volunteering at NAC since 2017. I create digital portraits using a paint program on my Mac laptop and I’ve write about film for NAC. As a person with high functioning autism, I look forward to giving a voice to the neurodivergent as a member of the Niagara Artists Centre’s board.