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Drawing on the history of portraiture in Western Art, Deborah Brown aims to represent the consciousness of the sitter and the phenomenological act of seeing that unfolds when the viewer meets the gaze of the subject portrayed. Brown explores the way that composition influences narrative by conducting the viewer through the space of the painting. Different viewpoints are employed to place the viewer in a variety of roles: friend, observer, intruder, story teller. The still lifes function like portraits as well, revealing the life of the artist who chose to paint them and functioning as gatekeepers to the Brown’s thoughts and feelings. Through the action of the paint and brushwork, the figurines, plants and domestic articles come alive and assume human character. The environment created by the paintings is both specific and universal, reminding us that each of us is alone in our inner and external worlds.

Deborah Brown lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BA summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale University and an MFA from Indiana University. Recent exhibitions include: Hall Art Foundation, Schloss Derneburg Museum, Germany (2021-22); Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles (2022) and Palm Beach (2021); Tennis Elbow at The Journal Gallery, New York (2022); Harper’s Gallery, East Hampton, NY (2022); Anna Zorina Gallery, New York (2021, 2020); Bienvenu Steinberg & Partner, New York (2022); James Barron Art, Kent, CT (2022); MISA, Cologne, Germany (2021); Nassima Landau Foundation, Tel Aviv, Israel (2022); Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, Houston, TX (2021); Unit London, UK (2020); Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL (2021); Scott Miller Projects, Birmingham, AL (2021); Volery Gallery, Dubai, U.A.E. (2021); Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL (2022); and The Lodge, Los Angeles (2019). Her work has been written about in The New York Times, Art Forum, Art in America, Forbes, Juxtapoz, Artillery Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, ARTnews, Artnet, Galerie Magazine, Houston Chronicle, The Denver Post, Madame Figaro, Hyperallergic and ART-Das Kuntsmagazin. Brown has been a tenured professor at Carleton College and 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. Her work is included in museum and private collections around the world.

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EDUCATION

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

SOLO AND TWO–PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2021   Hall Art Foundation, Schloss Derneburg, Germany 2021 Scott Miller Projects,
          Birmingham, AL
          Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, Houston, TX
          Platform, Unit London, UK
          Anna Zorina Gallery, New York

2020   Gavlak, Palm Beach, FL

2019   The Lodge, Los Angeles
           Burning in Water, New York
           Union Hall, Denver, CO
           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
           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.
           National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

1994   Modernism, San Francisco
           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

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021   Plain Air, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago
           Domesticity, Volery Gallery, Dubai, U.A E.

2020    Nasty Women, Gavlak, Los Angeles, California
            Sit Still: Self-Portraits in the Age of Distraction
            The Armory Show, GAVLAK Booth 906

2019     Certain Women, Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, Houston 
            About Face, The Painting Center, New York

2018     Sexy Xmas, The Lodge, Los Angeles, California 
            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
             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

AWARDS

2020   Shandaken Projects, Paint School Master Class Fellow

PUBLIC INSTALLATIONS

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

VISITING ARTIST LECTURES

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

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2021    James Panero, “Crtitic’s Notebook,” The New Criterion February 8 2021 Sasha Bogojev,
           “Painting Things As They Are:
            A Conversation with Deborah Brown,” Juxtapoz, February 8
            Natasha Gural, “From Playful, Busy Self-Portraits to Mundane Still Lifes, Deborah Brown
            Explores Our Collective Isolation,” Forbes online, January 21
            Katie White “17 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week,” Artnet, January 18

2020     Elisabeth Condon, “Interview: Stalking Deborah Brown’s Paintings, Two Coats of Paint,
             December 16
             Eileen Kinsella, “Ten Events for Your Virtual Art Calendar” Artnet News, June 16, 2020
             Caroline Goldstein, Artnet News, “Price Check! Here’s What Sold—and for How Much—
             at 2020 Armory Show,”March 9

2019     Brask Studio Visits V, Brask Publications, pp. 114-119
             David Molesky, “Deborah Brown in Review,” Juxtapoz Magazine, October 7
             Annabel Osberg, “Deborah Brown: Pick of the Week” Artillery Magazine, September 25
             Katie White, “Editors’ Picks: 19 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This
             Week,”Artnet, August 12
             Molly Glentzer, “Certain Women” at Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, Houston Chronicle, July 9
             Paddy Johnson, “The Art-Making Trend Outshining Large-Scale Sculpture in NYC’s Best
             Shows,” Observer, June 10
             Paul Laster, “Six Must-See Figurative Painting Shows in New York, Galerie Magazine,     
             February 28
             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
              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
              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
               Sharine Saad, “Brooklyn Bouillon de Culture” Madame Figaro, October 24, pp. 78-84

2014       Ann Landi, “Artists’ First Influences,”ARTnews, May
              “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
               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

SELECTED PUBLIC & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Indianapolis Museum of Art
De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi
Bass Museum of Art, Miami
Orlando Museum of Art, Florida
JP Morgan Chase Art Collection, New York
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
United States Dept. of State, U.S. Embassy, Bogota, Colombia ExxonMobil, Houston, Texas
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Raymond Learsy
Rob Thomas and Eric Suwall
Michel Cohen
Sara Vance Waddell
Ann and Mel Schaffer
Pamela and David Hornik
Nion McEvoy
Andy and Christine Hall
Beth DeWoody

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