Cecily Brown: Cecily Brown was born in London in 1969 and raised in the suburbs of England. She went to a local art school at 16 and focused on drawing and painting the figure from life. Brown's work remains rooted in the figure. She operates in the place where representation and abstraction meet and divide. Her paintings, drawings and prints veer from clearly read graphic imagery to almost indecipherable fields of shifting forms and colors. The paintings revel in ambiguity, with space and scale being constantly chopped and changed, and glimpses of representation that emerge and change the more you look. Her recurring themes include orgiastic bacchanals, picnics, voyeurs and bunny gang rapes, Carnival and Lent, and gardens of earthly delights.
She draws freely on the work of Old Masters, popular graphic art and modernist paintings, and one can see in her work open homages to Bosch, Hogarth, Goya and Bacon to name just a few.
Brown attended the Slade School of Art in London from 1989-1993 and received her BA in Fine Arts with first class honors. While at the Slade she spent six months in New York and moved there permanently in 1994. In 1997, she had her first New York exhibition at Deitch Projects followed by a second in 1998. She also exhibited in group shows at Janice Guy Gallery and had a solo show at Victoria Miro in London in 1999. Since 1999, she has been represented by Gagosian and has had several solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and London. In Germany she is represented by Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin, where she has had three solo shows.
Brown has had solo exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the MACRO, Rome; the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA; Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany; Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany; Des Moines Art Center, IA and Modern Art Oxford, England. The artist has also participated in group exhibitions at the Saatchi Collection, London, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY, among others.
Tucker Taylor: Tucker Taylor was a founding member of the management team at Federal Express. For ten years, beginning in 1973, he held senior management positions including Customer Service, National Sales, Ground Operations, and System Engineering.
Subsequently, he has invested in both the health care sector and the transportation sector. In addition to investing, he held senior management positions in strategic planning and process improvement at Medical Care America (outpatient surgery center) and Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation (Hospitals).
Currently, he is on the Board of Directors of American Medical and Life Insurance Company, Advanced Diagnostics, Inc., a clinical services company, and CaseStack Inc., a third party logistics company.
He graduated from Yale University in 1967 after serving five years as a carrier pilot in the U. S. Navy. Mr. Taylor has the unique honor of being the father of Robin Taylor-Dzul and the father in law of Javier Dzul.
Sharon Marie Tomao: Sharon Tomao is the first female partner of Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, PC., a New York City-based law firm founded in 1971. Sharon practices corporate and securities law at KKW&C, specializing in representing private investment funds and their managers.
Sharon received her B.A. in 1993 from Dartmouth College and her J.D. in 1996 from Georgetown University Law Center.