|Ken Brown is an artist and entrepreneur for whom American popular culture past and present is a constant theme. Since 1976 he has been creating and distributing a variety of art related fun and functional products. His company, Ken Brown’s Comical Commodities, has published over 650 postcards of his own cartoons and photographs as well as vintage cards from his vast archive. Notes from the Nervous Breakdown Lane, a book of Brown’s cartoons, was published by Harper & Row in 1985.
Other products Ken designs and produces include rubber stamps, t-shirts, coffee mugs, wrapping paper, stationery, temporary tattoos and kitchen towels. His works have been sold widely in stores and museum shops throughout the US, Canada, Japan, Europe and Australia. Serigraphs and iris prints of his artwork have been exhibited in galleries in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Zurich and Tokyo.
Ken is an active photographer, filmmaker and animator. His animation and films can be seen on Sesame Street, and he has created commissioned animations for MTV, VH-1, American Movie Classics (AMC) and other clients. He has directed a number of short experimental films and video documentaries on popular and folk culture themes, including the New York City drag fest Wigstock (1995), visionary folk artist Howard Finster (1984), miniature golf (1989), and New York street graphics (1989-2001).