Approved: 23.01.2019

Deborah Brown


Approved: 23.01.2019

I have been creating art for over 25 years. I am originally from Southern California, and have been living and producing work in the UK for the past 16 years. 

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Artist Statement

I have been creating art for over 25 years. I am originally from Southern California, and have been living and producing work in the UK for the past 16 years. 

"Through photography, drawing and sculpture, Deborah Brown presents a complex, sometimes playful, body of work examining the nebulous intersections of desire and imperative, lust and regret, self and other.  Brown candidly unveils the body as a contentious site of conflicted impulses and unresolved demands. Conceptually conceived as a shrine to feminine desire, or at least an intentionally kitschy appropriation of male-dominated fetishistic vernaculars, (like those found in trucker culture, porn, and pinup), Brown’s latest work questions the cultural, and personal discomfort associated with feminine expressions and assertions of want.

Brown reveals the body as a site of identity, fragmentation, and desire. In herwork, the artist offers overtly exaggerated expressions of feminine sexuality with playfulcomplicity and co-optation. Her pieces are at once a critique of, and participation in, the cultural colonization of the human body as a locus of desire and revulsion. Often bordering on the grotesque, her imagery hyperbolizes sexuality, the body's abject proximity to death, and the psychologically irreconcilable nature of biologically essentialist demands. For Brown, the body is a site of failure and fulfillment, excess and deprivation, vanity and humiliation: a corporeal manifestation of the ego's psycho-spiritual struggle."

Deborah Brown is represented by Jason Vass Gallery, Los Angeles, California

CV & Education


1991-1993          University of California, Irvine, School of Fine Arts, Irvine, CA 

                           Master of Fine Arts Degree: Visual Arts

                           Faculty: Catherine Lord, Daniel Martinez, Lari Pittman, Catherine Opie, Barbara                               Krueger


1988-1990          University of California, San Diego, Visual Arts, La Jolla, CA 92093

                           Bachelor of Arts Degree: Studio Art - Cum Laude

                           Faculty: Kim MacConnell, Italo Scanga, Ernest Silva, Faith Ringgold, Dale                                       Chihuly

1985-1986          Otis Parsons School of Design, 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 

                           Study: Foundation Year



Oct 29 – Dec 30, 2016             Jason Vass, Los Angeles, CA

                                                  Deborah Brown: Careful What You Wish For

March 4-6, 2011                        Pool Art Fair, NYC “Deborah Brown”

August 1996- Sept 2001           DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park

                                                  Lincoln, Massachusetts  “Cock Bob”

June 17 - 21, 1996                   Human Ant Farm, Absolut Vodka Website, Venice, CA

                                                 “Deborah Brown”

June 8 - July 13, 1996             Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

                                                “Deborah Brown: New Work”

April 7-July 15, 1995                 Laguna Art Museum, Costa Mesa, CA

                                                 “Deborah Brown: Vanity Fair”

Dec 3-Jan 6, 1994-5                  Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

                                                   “Deborah Brown: New Work”

Nov 13-Jan 3, 94-95                  Barney’s America “Toys” (12 Stores Nationwide)

Nov 15-Dec 28, 1994                 Barney’s New York 17th St. Windows, “And The Queen Stole                                                           Christmas”, “Octavia’s 12 Days”

Nov 15-Dec 28, 1994                 Barney’s Beverly Hills, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

Oct 1-Jan 28, 94-95                   Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, “Deborah Brown’s Big                                                         Top”

April 25-May 9, 1994                  Barney’s New York, Madison Avenue Shop Windows

July 22-Sept 4, 1993                  Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA




June 8 – August 16                   Royal Academy London, Summer Exhibition


Nov 12 – 25                               BFAMI Auction, Phillips London and Paddle 8

2010 - 2011

October 16- Jan 15                   Empire Gallery, London “Hot”


Dec. 16, 06-April 29                  Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID  “Remix”


Feb 10 – April 15                      Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA                                                      “From the Island of Misfit Toys”


March 11 – July 10                   Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA  “Playtime”


Nov 21 - Dec 21                       Threadwaxing Space, New York

                                                 “Romper Room” Curated by Danielle Cheng


Oct 7-Dec 31                            Muckenthaller Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA                                                                                         “From Behind The Orange Curtain”

Sept 9-Oct 8                             Cal State University, Fullerton Main Art Gallery, Fullerton, CA                                                            “Confronting Nature: Silenced Voices”

May 3-June 3                            Bernard Toal Gallery, Boston, MA  

                                                  “Plastic” Curated by Nancy Doll

Mar 17-April 15                          Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

                                                   “Lo-Cal” Curated by Marisa Hernandez

Jan 10-Feb 3                             Cerritos College Fine Arts Gallery, Norwalk, CA

                                                  “In Excess” Curated by Marilu Knode


June 25-July30                         Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

                                                 “Year I:A Survey”

June 12-July 9                         SITE, Los Angeles, CA

                                                “The Graduate”

April-May                                 Rio Honda College, Whittier, CA 

                                                “Playfield” Curated by Randy Sommers

Jan 15-Feb 26                         James Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

                                                “Animal Farm”


Oct 1 - Nov 7                           The Works Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA   

                                                “Kustom Grafix: Fine Art From the Underground”


ART AND CAKE reviews Deborah Brown’s “Careful What You Wish For”, Dec 12, 2016

DIVERSIONS by Genie Davis reviews Deborah Brown’s “Careful What You Wish For”, Nov 2, 2016

THE M MAGAZINE,, April 2011

ART AND LIVING, July 17, 2009 “Art Spotlight: Sculptor Deborah Brown”

THE SEATTLE TIMES, May 13, 2005 “Young Artists Having Fun Now and Then”, Matthew Kangas

Zine Magazine, Zine Press, Tokyo, Japan. August 1995 (pgs. 41-43)

LOS ANGELES TIMES, Nov 25, 1994, Beyette, Beverly. “Around Town: A Twisted Christmas” (Section E, pgs E1-E2)

LOS ANGELES TIMES, May 16, 1995, Curtis, Cathy. “The Misfits”,(Section F, pg 2)

LOS ANGELES TIMES Orange County Edition, May 5, 1995, Dubin, Zan “Masquerading as ‘Vanity’Fare”, (Section F, pg 26)

ArtIssues, Nov/Dec 1993, Duncan, Michael. “Deborah Brown at Mark Moore Gallery”, (number 30; pg 47)

THE NEW YORK OBSERVER, Nov 21, 1994 Gimelson, Deborah “Barneys. Art and Fashion World Get with Xmas Spirit” (pg 24)

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS, Nov 1994 , Herman, Valli. “Festive Facades”. (pg E5)

LOS ANGELES TIMES, August 27, 1993. Pagel, David. “Exposing the Pain Behind Our Poses: Deborah Brown at Mark Moore Gallery”, (pg F24)

LOS ANGELES TIMES, Orange County Edition, May 25, 1995 “Off The Cuff” Artist Plays up Mocks of Distinction” (Section E, pg 4)

NEW YORK POST, Nov 25, 1994,O’Mahony, John “Putting up a Good Front”, (pg 37,46)

ART & ANTIQUES, May 1995, Melrod, George. “Openings”, (pg 32)

SAN DIEGO UNION, Dec 1, 1994, Pincas, Robert. “Brown: Ringmaster of Surreal with ‘Big Top’”, (Night & Day Section, pg 3, 46)

Toevs, Stacey Witt “White, Red and the Blues for Barneys”, VISUAL MERCHANDISING AND STORE DESIGN, March 1995 (Cover and pgs. 25-26)

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, May 26, 1995, Walsh, Daniella, “Feminist Self Critique in the Alley of the Dolls”, (Show Weekend section, pg. 70)



Peter Norton Family Foundation, Santa Monica, CA

Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Florida

Berkeley Art Museum at the University of California, Berkeley,California

Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho

Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee Wisconsin

Henry Art Gallery Seattle, Washington

Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California