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    As everyone of us advances into the future at ever increasing rates of speed, many of the items, memories, and traditions of our ancestry & roots get pushed off to the side and often forgotten as families become more distant and less connected to their heritage. That's how the tradition of heirlooms was born. The artist William Ernest Brown has adapted and revived this tradition by creating a new exclusive line of bespoke medallions: from your favorite picture or portrait, William Ernest Brown will capture the essence of your special affection in a hand-sculpted medallions in various available frames, formats and choice of marble, stone or bronze. more
  • Meet the Artist

    William Ernest Brown was born on Cape Breton Island in the North Atlantic off the coast of Canada. His mother's family were Huguenots who were granted land in Nova Scotia by King George III in 1755. On his father's side, he is the nine-times great-grandson of the first book publisher in Norway, where the family home is now a museum.

    Brown learned to draw from his mother who would work beside him as a baby and then hand him the pencil and paper to try. As a young child his talents were noted by the nuns at the local convent school and they arranged for him to take lessons there on Saturday mornings. The order of nuns had been founded in the 17th. Century by Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, and Brown recently repaid his debt to them by donating his painting of the saint for the altar of the main Roman Catholic church on the island. He also created an eight foot bronze monument to the first settlers "Land of our Own" which sits at the entrance to the Sydney cruise-ship terminal.

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  • Contact Info

    2475 Brickell Ave, PH 2
    Miami, Florida 33129
    Tel: 305 794 7355

    William Ernest Brown

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  • For 2,500 years, since the times of the ancient Greeks, bronze has been used to celebrate and preserve the legacy of conquerors - the greatest men and women of each age. All great civilizations of the old world worked in bronze for art, from the time of the introduction of the alloy for edged weapons. The Greeks were the first to scale the figures up to life size. The ancient Chinese knew both lost-wax casting and section mould casting, and in the Shang Dynasty created large numbers of Chinese ritual bronzes, ritual vessels covered with complex decoration, which were buried in sets of up to 200 pieces in the tombs of royalty and the nobility. Over the long creative period of Egyptian dynastic art, small lost-wax bronze figurines were made in large numbers; several thousand of them have been conserved in museum collections.
    In this spirit, William Ernest Brown will model each portrait from your favorite photograph, cast it in the ancient lost wax process and mount it on a marble base of your choice. $3,500 each as shown. Delivery approximately two months.

  • After high school, sensing that the trendy art being promoted at the time was not for him, he gave up art and went into business - ending up in Beverly Hills, California - headquarters of what became his 31-shop international chain of high-end stationery and invitation design shops with a world-wide clientele.

    Brown sold his business several years ago, and finally was able to devote his time to art. He uses a studio in Carrara, Italy for marble sculpture, and one in Miami for his work in bronze. He has exhibited at the National Sculpture Society in New York, Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina, has had a one-man show at the Museo Civico del Marmo in Carrara which was followed by the Chemin des Arts, a travelling show in France. His works has also been shown at commercial galleries in Beverly Hills and Carrara.