deborah brown bio
Born 1955, California

Lives & works in New York City
1978   M.F.A., Indiana University, Bloomington
1976   B.A., Yale University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
selected solo exhibitions
2021-22   "The Shadow Paintings," Hall Art Foundation, Schloss Derneburg Museum Derneburg, Germany

2021   "Solo Presentation," MISA, Art Cologne, Germany

2020   "Return to Forever," Gavlak, Palm Beach, FL

2021   "Quiet City," Anna Zorina Gallery, High Line Nine, New York

2021   "Shadow Paintings," Scott Miller Projects, Birmingham, AL

2021   "Nomad Exquisite," Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, Houston, TX

2021   "Things As They Are," Anna Zorina, New York

2020   “Parts Unknown,” Gavlak, Palm Beach, FL

2019   "dirt's the only animal who will sleep with you, The Lodge, Los Angeles

2019   "Human Nature / Nature Human," two-person show with Mark Barry, Bundy Modern, Waitesfield, Vermont

2019   "A Land More Kind Than Home," Union Hall, curated by Arielle Myers, Denver, CO

2019   "Deborah Brown: This dream and other animals," Burning in Water, New York, NY

2018   "Chimeras," Spoonbill Studio, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Madeleine Mermall

2017   "Runaways," Geary Contemporary, New York, NY

2016   "Parlor Games," Art3, Brooklyn, NY

2014   Deborah Brown Recent Paintings, Flecker Gallery, Suffolk County Community College, Selden, NY

2014   "Outer Limits," Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY

2014   Lesley Heller Workspace, New York

2012   "Freewheeling," the Active Space, Bushwick, NY

2011   The Bushwick Paintings, Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY

2008   Deborah Brown, Lesley Heller Gallery, New York, NY

2006   Deborah Brown, Lesley Heller Gallery, New York, NY

2005   Paintings, Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL

selected group exhibitions
2022 2022: "Domesticity," Nassima Landau, Tel Aviv, Israel

2021    "Friends and Family," Magenta Plains, New York

2021    "The Changing Subject," curated by Shane Wu Collectors Showcase, LIGHTWELL, Taipei, Taiwan

2021    "The Loneliest Sport," curated by Caio Twombly and Jacob Hyman Spazio Amanita, 43 Crosby, New York

2021    "Plain Air," Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago

2021   "Domesticity," Volery Gallery, Dubai, U.A.E., curated by Sasha Bogojev

2020   "Nasty Women" Gavlak, Los Angeles, CA

2020   "Suddenly Last Summer," Auxier Kline, New York, NY

2020   "Sit Still: Self-Portraits in the Age of Distraction," Anna Zorina Gallery, New York, NY

2019   "Certain Women," Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, Houston, TX

2019   "In the Summertime," Danese/Corey, New York, NY

2019   "About Face," The Painting Center, New York, NY

2019   "Afflatus," 5-50 Gallery, Long Island City, NY

2018   "Sexy Xmas," The Lodge, Los Angeles, California

2018   "Summer of Love," curated by Nick Lawrence, Freight + Volume, New York, NY

2018   "Still Lives," curated by Alex Allenchey, Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY

2018   "Stranger in a Strange Land," Castor Gallery, New York

2017   "American Genre," curated by Michelle Grabner, Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2017   "School's Out," Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY

2016   "Self-Portraits, a group exhibition," BravinLee programs, New York, NY

2016   "Myths & Legends of the Hudson Valley," Matteawan Gallery, Beacon, NY

2015   "Who" curated by Lesley Heller, Lesley Heller Workspace

2015   "Fleurs Fatales," curated by KK Kozik, Ober Gallery, Kent, CT

2015   "I Am What I Am Not Yet, A Survey of Brooklyn's Moment," curated by Diana Buckley, Madlyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY

2015   "Contemporary Portraiture" Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2015   "Becoming…..," Odetta Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014   "Hair DO," No Globe Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY

2014   "Concrete Muse," curated by Krista Saunders,DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY

2014   "The Reason for Beauty," Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

2014   "Color Me Badd," curated by Chris Bors, NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY

2013   "Epic Fail," organized by Erik Benson and Frank Webster, Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, NY

2013   "Thanks," curated by Adam Parker Smith, Lu Magnus, New York, NY

2013   "See the Pyramids Along the Nile," English Kills Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013   "Heroes," curated by Julie Torres, Small Black Door Gallery, Ridgewood, NY

2012   "Land eScape," Parallel Art Space, Ridgewood, NY

2012   "Two River," One River Gallery, Englewood, NJ

2012   "Salon Show," the Active Space, Brooklyn, NY

2011   "Round Up," STOREFRONT Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2011   "6 Who Paint," curated by Fred Valentine, Kate Teale's Big & Small/Casual Gallery, Long Island City, NY

2011   "Memory is a Metaphor," Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY

2010   "Landscapes," United States Embassy, Tunis, Tunisia

2010   "Bibliophilia," curated by KK Kozik, Hotchkiss Library, Sharon, CT

2010   "Spazi Segreti, or Mendacity, Mood," curated by Paul D'Agostino, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY

2010   "Ocketopia," curated by Austin Thomas, Lesley Heller Workspace, New York

2009   "Urban Biotic," Lumenhouse, Brooklyn, NY

2009   "Brooklyn Art:Work," Artist Honoree, BRIC Gala, Rotunda Gallery and Steiner Studios, Brooklyn, NY

2009   The 2009 Bushwick Biennial," NURTUREArt, Brooklyn, NY

selected awards
2020   Paint School Fellow, Shandaken Projects

2005   Nominated for Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award
visiting artist lectures
John M. Anderson Lecture Series, Penn State University

Hunter College MFA Program, New York, NY

Art Omi, Ghent, NY

Pace University Department of Art, New York, NY

Hoffberger School of Painting, MICA, Baltimore, MD

Columbia University MFA Program, New York, NY

Yale University, New Haven, CT
selected biblography
2021   Sandra Schulman, “At Gavlak Deborah Brown Mingles Objects and Fantasy,” Palm Beach ArtsPaper, October 6

2021   Neha Jambhekar, “Editors’ Picks: Deborah Brown’s Quiet City at Anna Zorina Gallery,” Artnet News, September 27

2021   Artsy, “Inside My Collection: Rob and Eric Thomas-Suwall” June 4

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

2021   Natasha Gural, “From Playful, Busy Self-Portraits to Mundane Still Lifes, Deborah Brown Explores Our Collective Isolation,” Forbes online, January 21

2021   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

2020   Eileen Kinsella, “Ten Events for Your Virtual Art Calendar” Artnet News, June 16, 2020

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

2019   David Molesky, "Dirt's the Only Animal Who Will Sleep With You: Deborah Brown in Review," Juxtapoz Magazine, October 7

2019   Annabel Osberg, “Pick of the Week,” Artillery Magazine, September 26

2019   Paul Laster, Galerie Magazine, Six Must-See Figurative Painting Shows in New York," February 28

2019   Sarah Cascone, artnet, "Editors’ Picks: 11 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week," February 4

2019   Paul Laster, Galerie Magazine, Six Must-See Figurative Painting Shows in New York," February 28

2019   Sarah Cascone, artnet, "Editors’ Picks: 11 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week," February 4

2019   Brask Art Blog, February 5

2018   Andrea K. Scott "Goings On," The New Yorker, review of "Still Lives" at Underdonk, Brooklyn, September 3.

2018   Heather Zises, READart, A Conversation with Deborah Brown and Madeleine Mermall, April 29, 2018

2017   Alex Travers, "The Can't-Miss Galleries Downtown and the Top Eight Exhibitions To See This Fall," Quest Magazine, October 6

2017   Sarah Cascone, "16 Things to See in New York This Week," Artnet, September 25

2017   Darren Jones, "Deborah Brown, GEARY Contemporary," Critics’ Pick, New York, Artforum, September 15

2016   Eileen Kinsella, "9 Must-See Summer Gallery Group Shows," Artnet,. June 40

2016   2016   Sharon Butler, "Cheat Sheet: Summer Group Shows and What Curators Are Writing About Them,"Two Coats of Paint, July 19.

2016   Claudia Bodin, "Planet Brooklyn," Art-Das Kuntsmagazin, April, pp. 23-33.

2016   Keri Blakinger, NY Daily News, The Story Behind the Octopus at the Houston Street Subway Stop

2015   The New York Times, Westchester Metropolitan, "Things To Do in the Hudson Valley December 4-20, 2015," December 6, p. 12, with illustration.

2015   Sharine Saad, "Brooklyn Bouillon de Culture," Madame Figaro, October 24, pp. 78-84

2015   Brent Wallace, The Ambidextrous Artist ,"The Conversation Project," September 13

2015   Kate Menard, A Conversation with Storefront Ten Eyck Gallery Owner Deborah Brown by Kate Menard, Bushwick Buzz, September 12

2015   Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, "Brooklyn in Westchester This Summer," New York Arts Exchange, August 9

2015   Cait Munro, ArtNet, "10 Things To Do: Bushwick Open Studios 2015 Deborah Brown Open Studio," June 3

2015   Blouin Artinfo, "Instagrams of the Artworld: Bushwick Open Studios, and More," June 5

2014   Katy Diamond Hamer, 26 Female Artists on Lynda Benglis and the Art World's Gender Problems, New York Magazine, November 24.

2014   Ann Landi, "Artists' First Influences," ARTnews, May 2014, pp. 82-89. 

2014   Benjamin Sutton, "Art: Major Players," BROOKLYN MAGAZINE, Spring 2014, pp. 66-67.

2014   Sharon Butler, "Speaking Deborah Brown's Language," Two Coats of Paint, March 3

2014   The Editors, "The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture," BROOKLYN MAGAZINE, March 11

2014   Paul D'Agostino, "Four Art Exhibits You Need to See," The L Magazine, January 40

2013   Emily Colucci, "Deborah Brown is Showing on The LES While Going Big in Bushwick," Bedford + Bowery, July 10 

2013   Vera Haller, "Bushwick Embraces Its Art," Wall Street Journal, Greater New York, May 31, A 15 + 16

2013   Kristen Iversen, "Storefront Bushwick: Art, Open to the Street," Brooklyn Magazine, March 2013, p.42

2013   Vera Haller, "Brooklyn Museum Tests A Democratic Model," The Wall Street Journal, February 6, p. A15

2012   Holland Cotter, "The Latest Vibe Moved to Brooklyn," The New York Times, June 8, p. C35 + 38

2011   Jed Lipinski, "Highlights from the James Kalm Report," The New York Times, 24 December, B1

2011   "Bushwick or Bust!" by Deborah Brown and Howard Hurst, The Art Economist, Volume 1, Issue 8, pp.11-15.

2011   Lucie Alig, "Not an Aesthetic, But an Attitude": Artist Deborah Brown on the Future of Bushwick's Art Scene," The ARTINFO interview, 27 September.

2011   Sharon Butler, "Deborah Brown's Bushwick: An Artist Grows in Brooklyn," The Huffington Post, 3 February

2011   Araceli Cruz, "True Grit: Deborah Brown, "The Bushwick Paintings," THE VILLAGE VOICE, 1 January.

2011   ARTCAT, "Pick," 1 January.

2011   The L Magazine, "Editors' Picks," Deborah Brown: The Bushwick Paintings," 19 January 19--1 February, p. 51.

2011   The James Kalm Report, "Deborah Brown: The Bushwick Paintings at Lesley Heller Workspace," 19 January.

2011   Jorge Martin, "Deborah Brown Writes Post-Industrial Poetry at Lesley Heller," Hyperallergic, 21 January.

2011   CityArts, cover image, 26 January--8 February.

2011   Anne Bauso,, " Spotlight on Art & Antiques," February.

2010   Marina Galperina, "Bushwick Dreams and City Fantasies," ANIMAL, 40 December.

2010   Kat Irannejad, "ArtBuzz: July 15--July 21," BROOKLYN, the borough

2010   Marquita Harris, "Spazi Segreti, or Mendacity, Mood," cityist, July 14

2010   Aaron Short, "Bigger Than Ever: Bushwick Open Studios 2010,", 2 June.

2010   Sharon Butler, "Tracks: Expanding Utopia," The Brooklyn Rail, June.

2010   James Panero, "Gallery Chronicle," The New Criterion, "Deborah Brown:The Bushwick Paintings" at STOREFRONT," May 2010, Volume 28, Number 9, p. 50.

2010   James Kalm, "Brooklyn Dispatches: Dog Years," The Brooklyn Rail, May, on line and print editions.

2010   Trent Morse, "Trent's Top Gallery Picks," WiliamsburgGreenpoint News + Arts, May p. 4.

2010   "Deborah Brown, The Bushwick Paintings," L Magazine, April 24, 2010, on line edition.

2010   Aaron Short, "Bushwick Has a Cool New Gallery," New York Post, April 6, on line edition.

2010   Miranda Siegel, "Gallery Listings: Deborah Brown at STOREFRONT," New York Magazine, March 29, April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3 and May 10 issues.

2010   "Tip Sheet: Beautiful Bushwick," Brooklyn Based, March 31--April 6, on line edition.

2010   "Deborah Brown:The Bushwick Paintings," New York Press, April 13, Volume 23, Number 16, p. 4.

2010   James Panero, "Gallery Chronicle," THE NEW CRITERION, February, pp.49-51

2009   Alison Levy, "Triple Biotic," ArtSlant, 6 September

2009   Melena Ryzik, "Open Studios in Brooklyn," The New York Times, 5 June, p. C22

2009   Benjamin Evans, The 2009 Bushwick Biennial, catalog, NURTUREArt, p.34

2009   Charlie Finch, "Artists as Optimists," Art Net, 6 January

2008   Benjamin Gennochio, "From East to West," The New York Times, Long Island edition, 19 December

2008   Charlie Finch, "A Brown World," Artnet, 26 March

2008   Sharon Butler. "Deborah Brown Loves Animals,", 26 March

2008   John Haber, "Scratch and Sniff,", 22 April

2006   Sandra Bloodworth and William Ayers, Along the Way: MTA Arts for Transit, Monacelli Press, New York, p. 172

2006   Ken Johnson, The Boston Globe, "DeCordova's 'Ape' is an Entertaining Bestiary..." Arts and Entertainment, 15 September

2006   Rachel Rosenfield Lafo et al, “Going Ape: Confronting Animals in Contemporary Art,” exhibition catalog, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, p.10.

2006   Eleanor Heartney et al, City Art: New York’s Percent for Art Program, Merrell Publishers Limited, London, p. 125.

2005   Catherine Fredman, "Underground Treasures: New York City's Subway Art," Steelcase 360, on line magazine, winter issue, 5 January, p. 1.

2004   "Artist of the Week," Metro New York, 16 December, p.17.

2004   James Gardner, "Museum Without Walls," New York Post, 24 April, p. 6.

2003   Roberta Hershenson, "From Pound to Portrait," The New York Times Westchester, 13 April, section 14, p. 10

2003   Cate McQuaid, "The Stories Portraits Tell Us," The Boston Globe, 28 March, p. D18

2003   New American Paintings, Open Studios Press, Boston, Massachusetts, Number 44, pp. 14-17

2003   Charlie Finch, "When Your Friends Make Art," ArtNet, 3/5

2003   Robert O'Harrow, "Tunnel Visions," The Washington Post, 16 February, pp. E1 and 4

2002   Julia Szabo, "Breeds Apart," New York Post, 5 May, p. 60

2001   Reena Jana, "New York Reviews," ARTnews, October, p. 174

2001   Ken Johnson, "Art Guide," The New York Times, 1 June, p. E34

2001   Charlie Finch, "Deborah Brown Paints Dogs: Looking Down on Man 'Best Friend," Artnet, 23 April

2001   Bonnie Biles, "Gallery Watch," Art & Antiques, May, pp. 36, 38

1998   Lorraine B. Diehl, "Metropolitan Masterpieces," Daily News, 6 August , cover, "Lifeline"

1998   Ken Johnson, "Art Guide," The New York Times, 3 July, p. E34

1998   Andrew Long, "Openings," Art & Antiques, Summer, p. 32

1996   David W. Dunlap, "Next Stop, Murals; Change Here for Uptown Sculpture," The New York Times, 1 May, p. E52

1995   Carol Vogel, "Beyond Museum Precincts, The City as Gallery," The New York Times, 22 January, pp. C11-12

1994   Grace Glueck, "Prowling the City for Art?" The New York Observer, vol. 9, no. 31, 14 August, p. 18

1993   George Melrod, "Something Wild," Mirabella, August, pp . 40-42

1991   Edward J. Sozanski, "Nine Artists Show Frailty of Water Environments," The Philadelphia Inquirer, 15 March

1989   Gerrit Henry, "New York Reviews," Art in America, April, p.168

1988   Ruth Bass, "New York Reviews," ARTnews, Jan., pp. 141-44

1988   Marlena Donohue, "The Galleries," The Los Angeles Times, 29 January, sec. VI, p. 16
public installations
2008   Mosaic mural, Animal Shelter/Veterinary Clinic, City of Memphis, commissioned by UrbanArt Commission (in progress)

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 Program

2000   Mosaic mural, Garfield Avenue Station, Jersey City, NJ Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit, commissioned by NJ Transit

1998   Mosaic mural, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Tallahassee, commissioned by Art in State Buildings Program

1994   Mosaic murals, Houston Street Subway Station, Manhattan, commissioned by New York MTA Arts for Transit
selected museum collections
Indianapolis Museum of Art
DeCordova 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
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock
Mobile Museum of Art, Alabama
Orlando Museum of Art, Florida
The Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami
The Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina
selected private and corporate collections
Beth Rudin DeWoody
Andy and Christine Hall
Alan Lau
Johnson X. Yang
Nion McEvoy
Rob Thomas and Eric Suwall
Douglas Andrews
Charlie Ferrer
Michel Cohen
Pamela and David Hornik
Sara Vance Waddell
Ann and Mel Schaffer
Raymond Learsy
Raymond J. Learsy
Sue Stoffel
JP Morgan Chase Art Collection
City of New York, Health and Hospitals Corporation
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Laura and John Arnold Foundation, New York and Houston
United States Dept. of State, U.S. Embassy, Bogota, Colombia
Tudor Investments, Greenwich, Connecticut
ExxonMobil, Houston, Texas
Fidelity Investments, Boston