Deborah Brown

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"Shoe Tree" 2009 oil on canvas 48" X 60"
"Vine" 2009 oil on canvas 60" X 48"
"Fence #1" 2009 oil on canvas 36" X 36"
"Branch" 2009 oil on canvas 36" X 36"
"Garden of Good and Evil" 2010 oil on canvas 65" X 80"
Artist's Statement

I portray the simultaneous allure and menace of Bushwick's post-apocalyptic landscape. To accomplish this, I juxtapose inviting candy-colored skies with the black silhouettes of architectural fragments, tree branches, and the artifacts of urban technology. I see my work as a representation of urban gentrification and flux whose visual symbols are everywhere. In my paintings I choreograph these elements to represent the social and economic collisions that are taking place at the level of the street. I invite the viewer to enter a fantasy world where familiar elements rub against each other in unfamiliar combinations to create a sense of unease and imbalance in an urban dystopia.


1978 M.F.A., Indiana University, Bloomington
1976 B.A., Yale, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
2011, 08, 06 Lesley Heller Workspace, New York
2010 STOREFRONT, Brooklyn, NY
1996 National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
1992, 90, 88, 86 Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
1988 Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
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
1994 Mosaic murals, Houston Street Subway Station, Manhattan, commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit