It's a Wonderful Lie, 1991
Oil on canvas, courtesy of Chicago's Roger Brown Study Collection
His first art show was with an artist group named "False Image". He credits one of his teachers at the Art Institute, Ray Yoshida, for his help. Ray helped him to, "put myself into my art", as Brown said. Brown's art has a comic-book style narrative, which is sometimes literally written underneath the image.
Brown donated his three homes and collections to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His Chicago home exists as the Roger Brown Study Collection, a house museum, archive, and special collection of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His home in New Buffalo, Michigan, designed by his partner the late modernist architect George Veronda, acts as a faculty and staff retreat and is not open to the public. His home in La Conchita, California, designed by Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman, was sold by the school and its collection of art placed in storage.