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100 heads thinking as one

22 September to 28 October 2007

Please note that this display has now closed

collage portrait of a man

Loyd Grossman, former chairman of National Museums Liverpool © Anthony Brown. Please note that this portrait was not on display at Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Merseyside Maritime Museum hosted ten of the100 mixed-media portraits by artist Anthony Brown that were displayed in venues across Liverpool throughout 2007 as part of his 100 heads thinking as one collection.

Brown’s work is a tribute to the many talented people the city has produced from musicians to writers, lawyers to artists. Employing a collage technique, he uses personal information on the subject such as birth and school certificates, family photographs and related news articles to form each image.

The subjects for his paintings are the artist’s personal choice, based on their profound contribution to Liverpool and their individual characteristics reflecting strength and spirit. The collection reflects just some of the people Brown and his wife have come into contact with over the years and who have had a great effect on their lives.

Portrait information

The following portraits were on display at Merseyside Maritime Museum. The first three had not been on public display before.

  • Gareth Abbott - architect from Edge
  • Bill Citrine - creative director and senior designer for communications agency Nine Design
  • George Melly - jazz musician
  • Joe Ankrah - artist and leader of 1960s band The Chants
  • Alan Bleasdale - writer whose work includes 'Boys from the Black Stuff'
  • Angela Heslop - BBC Radio Merseyside presenter and programme producer
  • Wai McWatt - the retired ophthalmologist who saved Anthony Brown’s sight in his right eye
  • Tom Simpson - filmmaker
  • Sara Wilde - regional managing director for Trinity Mirror NW²
  • Sue Williams

Artist biography

Born in 1961, Brown grew up and studied in Liverpool, attending the Wirral Metropolitan School of Art and Liverpool School of Printing. A man of many talents, Brown became an artist, illustrator, designer, musician and composer, with music playing an influential role in his artistic career. His work ranges from the contemporary to abstract and is displayed internationally in several prestigious locations from Liverpool to New York.