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b. 1955
Lives and works in New York City.

Deborah Brown lives in New York and works in Bushwick/East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a neighborhood she helped pioneer as an artist and where she started Storefront, one of the first artist-run galleries in the neighborhood. Brown has a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Indiana University. Recent solo and group exhibitions include: GAVLAK Palm Beach, FL; Burning in Water, New York; Danese/Corey, New York;  The Lodge, Los Angeles; Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, Houston, TX; Union Hall, Denver, CO; The Bundy Modern, Waitsfield, VT; Freight + Volume, New York; Underdonk, Brooklyn; GEARY Contemporary, New York; Lesley Heller Gallery, New York; Mike Weiss Gallery, New York; BravinLee programs, New York; Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen; and Angell Gallery, Toronto. Deborah Brown is a 5th generation Californian who grew up in Pasadena.

Her work is in numerous private, museum and corporate collections and has been written about in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art Forum, Art in America, The Wall Street Journal, ARTnews, Artnet, Juxtapoz Magazine, Galerie Magazine, Madame Figaro, Hyperallergic and ART-Das Kuntsmagazin. Brown has been a visiting artist and lecturer at Penn State University, Hunter College, Pace University, Columbia University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Yale University and Art Omi. Brown has been a visiting artist and lecturer at Penn State University, Hunter College, Pace University, Columbia University, Maryland Institute College of Art and Art Omi. Her work is represented in Palm Beach and Los Angeles by GAVLAK, in New York by Malin Gallery and also in Los Angeles by The Lodge. She is a 2020 Fellow in Shandaken Projects’ Paint School Master Class.


Deborah Brown
b. 1955
Lives and works in New York City.

B.A. Yale University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
M.F.A. Indiana University, Bloomington

2020 Gavlak, Palm Beach, FL
2019 The Lodge, Los Angeles
2019 Burning in Water, New York
2019 Union Hall, Denver, CO
2019 The Bundy Modern (with Mark Barry) Waitsfield, VT
2014 Flecker Gallery, Suffolk Community College, Selden, NY
2012 The Active Space, Bushwick, NY
2011 Lesley Heller Workspace, New York
2008 Lesley Heller, New York
2008 Hebrew Home at Riverdale, New York
2006 Lesley Heller, New York
2005 Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL
2000 Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, New York
1996 Addison/Ripley Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1996 National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
1994 Modernism, San Francisco
1994 Ledis Flam Gallery, New York
1992, 1990, 1988, 1986 Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
1991 Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina
1988 Shoshana Wayne, Santa Monica, CA

2020 The Armory Show, GAVLAK Booth 906
2019 Certain Women, Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, Houston 
2019 About Face, The Painting Center, New York
2018 Sexy Xmas, The Lodge, Los Angeles, California 
2018 Stranger in a Strange Land, Castor Gallery, NY 
2016 Introspective, BravinLee programs, New York
2015 Myths & Legends of the Hudson Valley, Mattewan Gallery, Beacon, NY
2015 Fleurs Fatales, Ober Gallery, Kent, CT
2014 The Reason for Beauty, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
2010 Landscapes, United States Embassy, Tunis, Tunisia
2008 Mythic Landscapes of America, Heckscher Museum, Huntington, New York
Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL
Museum of Modern Art at Pfizer, Inc. New York City

2020 Shandaken Projects, Paint School Master Class Fellow

2002 Mosaic roundels, Royal Caribbean Cruise Terminal Port of Miami, commissioned by Miami-Dade Art in Public Places
2001 Mosaic frieze, P.S. 178, Manhattan, commissioned by NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art
2000 Mosaic mural, Garfield Avenue Station, Jersey City, NJ Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, commissioned by NJ Transit
1994 Mosaic murals, Houston Street Subway Station Commissioned by New York, MTA Arts for Transit

2018 Hunter College, MFA Program
2017 John M. Anderson Lecture Series, Penn State Univ. 
2014 Pace University Department of Art, New York, NY 

2019 Brask Studio Visits V, Brask Publications, pp. 114-119
2019 David Molesky, “Deborah Brown in Review,” Juxtapoz Magazine, October 7
2019 Annabel Osberg, “Deborah Brown: Pick of the Week” Artillery Magazine, September 25
2019 Katie White, “Editors’ Picks: 19 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week,”Artnet, August 12
2019 Molly Glentzer, “Certain Women” at Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, Houston Chronicle, July 9
2019 Paddy Johnson, “The Art-Making Trend Outshining Large-Scale Sculpture in NYC’s Best Shows,” Observer, June 10
2019 Paul Laster, “Six Must-See Figurative Painting Shows in New York, Galerie Magazine, February 28
2019 Sarah Cascone, “Editors’ Picks: 11 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week,”Artnet, February 4
2018 Andrea K. Scott, “Goings On,” The New Yorker, “Still Lives” at Underdonk, Brooklyn, September 3
2017 Darren Jones, “Deborah Brown, GEARY Contemporary,” Critics’ Pick, New York, Artforum, September 15
2017 Sarah Cascone, “16 Things to See in New York This Week” Artnet, September 25
2016 Eileen Kinsella, “9 Must-See Summer Group Gallery Shows,”Artnet, June 30
2016 Peter Malone, “Paintings Playfully Distilled from 18th Century European Portraiture,” Hyperallergic, April 26
2015 The New York Times, “Things To Do in the Hudson Valley” Arts Calendar, 12/6, p. 12
2015 Sharine Saad, “Brooklyn Bouillon de Culture” Madame Figaro, October 24, pp. 78-84
2014 Ann Landi, “Artists’ First Influences,”ARTnews, May
2014 “The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture” Brooklyn Magazine, March 11
2012 Holland Cotter, “The Latest Vibe Moved to Brooklyn” The New York Times, June 8, page C35 + 38
2008 Benjamin Genocchio, "From East to West,” NYT, Dec. 19
2003 New American Paintings, Open Studios Press, Boston, #44
2001 Reena Jana, “New York Reviews,” ARTnews, October, p. 174
2001 Ken Johnson, “Art Guide,” The New York Times, 1 June, p. E34
1998 Ken Johnson, “Art Guide,” The New York Times, 3 July, p. E34
New York Times, feature Art&Antiques, Gallery Watch – ArtHaus, San Fransisco, CA

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts 
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi
Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL
Orlando Museum of Art, Florida 
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, CA

JP Morgan Chase Art Collection, New York
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
United States Dept. of State, U.S. Embassy, Bogota, Colombia
Tudor Investments, Greenwich, Connecticut
ExxonMobil, Houston, Texas
Eli Lilly and Company
Philip Morris Companies Inc.
Laura and John Arnold Foundation, New York and Houston
Raymond Learsy
Francis Greenburger
Ann and Mel Schaffer
Andy and Christine Hall
Beth DeWoody
New York City Percent for Art, Commission

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