George Browne1918 - 1958
Born: 1918, New York, New York
George Browne, son of the artist and outdoorsman Belmore Browne, demonstrated a passion for wildlife at a young age. In his infancy, the Browne family moved to Banff in Alberta, Canada, the same territory that Carl Rungius had spent many years painting. Rungius as well as Wilhelm Kuhnert became inspirations for the young Browne. In 1930, the family moved to Santa Barbara, California, where Belmore was the director of the Santa Barbara School of Fine Arts. With his parents' consent, Browne left school at age 13 and devoted all his time to drawing and painting. He apprenticed under his father for two years, until enrolling at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. While serving in World War II, Browne continued painting, shipping works home for his father's critique. After the war, he moved to Norfolk, Connecticut, to be closer to New York City and the art world it contained. In 1950, the Grand Central Art Galleries supported his one-man show. Determined to support his family through his art sales, Browne produced over 200 oil paintings between 1948 and 1958, selling each of the works during his lifetime. Browne had the potential to become a top animal artist but was tragically killed in a shooting accident at the young age of 39.
Throughout his career, Browne actively searched out wildlife. On trips with his father in the Rockies, he observed animals and sketched and painted landscapes. In his studio, Browne would use his collected materials to depict detailed and vibrant birds and mammals in their natural environments, creating dramatic compositions and accurate perspective. Browne was a member of hunting and conservation clubs, including the Boone and Crocket Club and the Campfire Club.