• Biography

    David Brownlow (1915 - 2008)

    DAVID BROWNLOW (Am. 1915-2008)

    David Brownlow, who taught himself to paint by reading art books, earned
    a permanent spot in North Texas Art history as a member of the Fort
    Worth Circle. His work is included in the collections of the Modern Art
    Museum of Fort Worth, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Amarillo Museum of
    Art and several others.

    The Fort Worth Circle was a group of painters who transformed the
    region’s art scene after World War II. Mr. Brownlow’s experimentation
    led to success in producing modernist and abstract pieces, said Morris
    Matson, a Fort Worth art collector and former City Council member.

    He’s probably as widely collected as any Fort Worth artist because he
    was so prolific,” Matson said. “Anybody that collects art in Fort Worth
    knows who David Brownlow is.”

    Born Feb. 18, 1915 Mr. Brownlow was raised on a farm in Tarrant County.
    He began painting when he was about 4, said his daughter, Priscilla

    Mr. Brownlow learned what he could from books in the Fort Worth Public
    Library. He also received encouragement from his junior high school art
    teacher and from studying local artist Pattie R. East’s work, according
    to biographical information compiled by local art historian Scott Grant

    During the war, Mr. Brownlow worked as a sheet metal fabricator at North
    American Aviation in Grand Prairie, according to Barker. Later, he
    worked in the engineering testing department at General Dynamics. He
    quit in 1957 to devote himself full-time to art, McCall said.

    Mr. Brownlow worked with palette knife. He was known for abstractions of
    architectural forms, most often cathedrals but also cityscapes, oil
    derricks and other subjects, according to Barker.

    Mr. Brownlow was also a devoted husband, caring for his wife, Margie,
    after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, McCall said.