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Deborah Brown - Artists - GAVLAK

Deborah Brown is a fifth-generation Californian who has lived and worked in New York since 1982. She
received a BA summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Yale University and an MFA from Indiana
University. Her work draws inspiration from her walks around New York City, especially East
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where her studio is located. 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, including the ICA, Miami, and the Portland
Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, by donation from the Alex Katz Foundation.

Upcoming and recent exhibitions include: Hans Alf Gallery, Copenhagen (2024); GAVLAK Palm Beach
(2023); Bonhams, Hong Kong (2023); Althuis Hofland, Amsterdam (2023); Carl Kostyál, Ibiza (2023);
adhesivo contemporary, Mexico City (2023); Asia Art Center, Bejing (2023); Woaw Gallery, Hong Kong
(2023) Paula Cooper Gallery, Palm Beach (2023); Andrew Reed Gallery, New York and Miami (2023);
Hall Art Foundation, Schloss Derneburg Museum, Germany (2021-22); GAVLAK, Los Angeles (2022);
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); Nassima Landau Foundation, Tel Aviv (2022); Scott Miller Projects,
Birmingham, AL (2021); Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami (2022); and The Lodge, Los Angeles (2019).
Her work has been written about in The New York Times, Art Forum, Art in America, Forbes,
CULTURED, Vogue México y LatinoAmérica, Larry’s List, Vogue Hong Kong, Juxtapoz, Artillery
Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, ARTnews, Artnet, Galerie Magazine, Houston Chronicle, The Denver
Post, Madame Figaro, Hyperallergic and ART-Das Kuntsmagazin.



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


2024    Hans Alf Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
2023    GAVLAK, Palm Beach, FL 
            Althuis Hofland, Amsterdam, Netherlands
            Bonhams, Hong Kong, China
            adhesivo contemporary, Mexico City, Mexico

2022    GAVLAK, Los Angeles, CA
            Harper’s Gallery, East Hampton, NY
            The Journal Gallery, New York, NY
            James Barron Art, Kent, CT
            Hall Art Foundation, Schloss Derneburg, Germany

2021    MISA, Art Cologne, Germany             
            Scott Miller Projects, Birmingham, AL
            Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, Houston, TX
            Platform, Unit London, London, United Kingdom 
            Anna Zorina Gallery, New York, NY

2020    GAVLAK, Palm Beach, FL

2019    The Lodge, Los Angeles, CA
            Burning in Water, New York, NY

2017    Geary Contemporary, New York, NY

2014    Flecker Gallery, Suffolk Community College, Selden, NY
2014, 2011, 2008, 2006 Lesley Heller Gallery, New York, NY
2012    The Active Space, Bushwick, NY

2008    Hebrew Home at Riverdale, New York, NY

2005    Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL

2000    Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY

1998    Sarah Morthland Gallery, New York, NY

1996    Addison/Ripley Gallery, Washington, D.C.
            National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

1994    Modernism, San Francisco, CA

1992, 1990, 1988, 1986 Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY

1991    Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC


2024    PIERMARQ, Sydney, Australia

2023    Vivid Splendor, GAVLAK, Los Angeles
            Vibrant Escape: Ode to Summer, Woaw Gallery, Hong Kong, China
            On the Voyage, Asia Art Center, Beijing, China
            In the Heat of the Night, Andrew Reed Gallery, New York, NY
            Painters of Modern Life, Carl Kostyál, Ibiza, Spain
            Tupelo Honey, GAVLAK, Palm Beach, FL
            Petrichor, Marrow Gallery, San Francisco, CA
            Some Dogs, Hornik Collection, Four One Nine, San Francisco, CA
            Bathers, Paula Cooper Gallery, Palm Beach, FL 
            LA Woman, curated by Sophia Penske, Phillips, Los Angeles, CA

2022    Figuration Through Abstraction, Organized by Andrew Reed, Miami Beach, FL
            Hope Is the Thing with Feathers, Anna Zorina, LA
            Frieze Pop-Up, Harper’s Gallery and The Here and There Co., The Shilla Suite Hotel, Seoul, Korea
            Paperworks Vol. 3, NBB Gallery, Berlin, Germany
            To Die For, Contemporary Art Matters, Columbus, OH
            25 Years, Harper’s Gallery, East Hampton, NY
            Hospitality Suite, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL
            2022: Domesticity, Nassima Landau, Tel Aviv, Israel
            The Queen of Spades and Other Stories, Bienvenu, Steinberg & Partner, New York, NY

2021    Friends and Family, Magenta Plains, New York
            The Loneliest Sport, curated by Caio Twombly and Jacob Hyman, Spazio Amanita, 43 Crosby, New York

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


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


2018    Hunter College, MFA Program, New York, NY
2017    John M. Anderson Lecture Series, Penn State University
2015    Art Omi, Ghent, NY 
2014    Pace University Department of Art, New York, NY 
2011    Hoffberger School of Painting, MICA, Baltimore, MD


2023    Grajales, Manuel. Camino a Casa: la muestra de arte que ahonda en la rutina diaria. Forbes MX, April 1. 
            Jadra, Ali. Inauguran expo ‘Camino a Casa’ en adhesivo contemporary en la CDMX. AllCityCanvas,  April 19. 
            Payos, Alyanna. The Best Art Exhibitions To See in Hong Kong This March. VOGUE Hong Kong, March 13.
2022    Leung, Ricko. Miami-Based Contemporary Collectors To Be on Your Radar This Week. Larry’s List, December
            Jambhekar, Neha. Editors’ Picks: Deborah Brown: Shadowlands at The Journal. Artnet News, February 15.

2021    Jambhekar, Neha. Editors’ Picks: Deborah Brown’s Quiet City at Anna Zorina Gallery. Artnet News,
            September 27.
            Lesser, Casey. Inside My Collection: Rob and Eric Thomas-Suwall. Artsy, June 4.
            Panero, James. Crtitic’s Notebook. New Criterion, February 8. 
            Bogojev, Sasha. Painting Things As They Are: A Conversation with Deborah Brown. Juxtapoz, February 8.
            Gural, Natasha. From Playful, Busy Self-Portraits to Mundane Still Lifes, Deborah Brown Explores Our
            Collective Isolation
. Forbes, January 21. 
            White, Katie. 17 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week. Artnet, January 18.
2020     Condon, Elisabeth. Interview: Stalking Deborah Brown’s Paintings. Two Coats of Paint, December 16. 
             Kinsella, Eileen. Ten Events for Your Virtual Art Calendar. Artnet News, June 16.
             Goldstein, Caroline. Price Check! Here’s What Sold—and for How Much—at 2020 Armory Show. Artnet
             News, March 9.
2019    Brask Studio Visits V. Brask Publications: 114-119.
            Molesky, David. Deborah Brown in Review. Juxtapoz, October 7.
            Laster, Paul. Six Must-See Figurative Painting Shows in New York. Galerie Magazine, February 28.
            Cascone, Sarah. Editors’ Picks: 11 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week. Artnet, February
            Scott, Andrea K. Goings On About Town: Still Lives, at Underdonk, Brooklyn. New Yorker, September 3.

2017    Jones, Darren. Critics’ Pick: Deborah Brown, Geary Contemporary, New York. Artforum, September 15.
            Cascone, Sarah. 16 Things to See in New York This Week. Artnet, September 25.

2016    Kinsella, Eileen. 9 Must-See Summer Group Gallery Shows. Artnet, June 30.

2014    Landi, Ann. Artists’ First Influences. ARTnews, May 27.
2012    Cotter, Holland. The Latest Vibe Moved to Brooklyn. New York Times, June 8: C35,38.

2008    Genocchio, Benjamin. From East to West. New York Times, Dec. 19.
2003    New American Paintings, Northeast #44. Open Studios Press, Boston: February/March.
2001    Jana, Reena. New York Reviews. ARTnews, October: 174.
            Johnson, Ken. Art Guide. New York Times, June 1: E34. 


ICA, Miami, FL
Hall Art Foundation
Portland Museum of Art, by donation from the Alex Katz Foundation, Portland, ME
De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL
Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
JP Morgan Chase Art Collection
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Boston, MA
United States Dept. of State, U.S. Embassy, Bogota, Colombia
ExxonMobil, Houston, TX
Raymond Learsy
Liz Goldman
Michel Cohen
Rob Thomas and Eric Suwall
Ian Gazes and Serge Krawiecki
Weissman Family Collection
Johnson X. Yang
Pamela and David Hornik
Nion McEvoy
Beth Rudin DeWoody
Alan Lau
Antonio Kwong
Douglas Andrews
Ronald Harrar
Andy and Christine Hall

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