Yrneh Brown was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Brown has lived and worked in the United States of America, Europe and the Caribbean and now resides in Los Angeles, California. His creative abilities were discovered at the tender age of seven and since then he has been fulfilling his childhood dreams in the arts throughout the world. He believes all areas of the arts are connected, just as all natural elements connect and react within the world we live in.
At age fourteen, Yrneh had already won gold and silver medals in speech and drama festivals from the Jamaican Cultural Development Commission in Jamaica. In December 1988 he captured first place at the National Level in the grand finals of the Tastee talent contest, which is the number one talent contest through the Caribbean. He performed a remarkable rendition of Jacob Miller’s “I was born a disciplined child”, in conjunction with his own dub poem, “Cocaine”, dramatizing the visual effects of a psychopath capturing the audience like never before. His performance was noted to be among the best in the history of the Tastee talent competitions, along with international award winning singer/songwriter Nadine Sutherland, albino superstar King Yellow Man and Beenie Man, both are international and Grammy winning artist. The following year the highly controversial Cocaine was released hitting the airwaves in Jamaica and London thereby launching his European career.
Yrneh is an extremely talented multimedia artiste, motivational speaker and performing artiste. He has demonstrated such abilities at: Yale University “Empowerment 2000 1996, sharing stage with Angela Davis, bring attention to empowerment of people of color, in 1998 Black History Month and the Fort Augusta female prison, St. Catherine, General Penitentiary male prison, Kgn, encouraging those behind bars to take responsibility for their actions in seeking forgiveness. He also when on to bring attention to the forgot girls at Wortley Girl’s Home, St. Andrew, and use his poem and art to put a smile on the faces of men at Brothers of the Poor, Laws Street, kgn, Jamaica W.I. The journey continues here at South Central Prevention Coalition, where he did workshop in inner beauty to battered women and teach inner city children art at the William Grant still art center both in Los Angeles, Ca.
He has groomed internationally acclaimed reggae artists such as Maxi Priest, Beenie Man, Shaggy, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers and did make-up artistry for John Strossel, Rachael Ward, Michael York and Carl Lumbley just to name a few. Yrneh has worked with studios such as, New Line Cinema, Disney, Mupheduh, Paradise Films, & Television: Lorimar, ABC’s 20/20, HBO T.V, T.V Jamaica, CVMTV, and Channel 4 Brazil. In April 1996, Yrneh was awarded best Director/Producer for his own music video: “Sucre’ Amer” “Bitter/Sweet” at the “Black Film Makers Hall of Fame” in Oakland, California. In 1999 Yrneh was invited to home from Belgium to director and co-produce the first emancipation stage show for television and other production leading up to that by the Office of the Primister of Jamaica, Prime Minister PJ Patterson.
With more than twenty years experience under his belt, Yrneh is credited as an Actor/Singer, Creative director/Producer, Image specialist, Make-up/SFX Artist and writer. Yrneh is hardworking, multi-talented, self-motivated, passionate and determined. He is a mogul in the making, always ready for the next task or challenge. In front or behind the scenes, the goal is to get the work done. Yrneh Brown is truly a West Indian rebel with a cause.
My goal is to first capture an audience’s mind, then secondly provoke thoughts which will transform into conversations and inspire the audience to delve, into the deepest recesses of the mind. I am influenced by many genres of art and struggle not to be confined to any one particular genre. As a creative person it is within my interest to be organic, raw and open to experiences.
My work is often characterized by its socio-political concerns of the past, present and future. It is this humanistic and social approach, inspired by life’s challenges and passions that evoke within me the desire to create. Each piece of work may start with a poem, a note of music, a story or an indescribable emotion by which most of my ideas are born, using different mediums of expression. I developed a multi-media/mixed medium project with paintings, collages, sculptures, poems, assemblage and the audio visual to create a vignette that is reflective of my culture and my life —a journey of laughter, blood, sweat and tears. I believe all areas of the arts are connected.
I am currently creating the “River De-Nile” series a body of work in which the artist confronts fear and denial in the face of history. My hope is that my work will open dialogue amongst us as a people and help my audience understand that the walls are within and knowledge is Power. My provocative expression socially evolves and takes different shapes, forms and directions as I grow.