Deborah Brown's recent paintings “Runaways,” take the post-industrial landscape of her surroundings as the starting point for narrative works, portraying a female protagonist, her dog, and various avian companions in pastoral and urban settings. The paintings are composed of thick slabs of paint applied with a palette knife, punctuated by linear passages and off-register color patches. Seen together, the work offers a fractured, brooding landscape, mirroring the internal psyche of the protagonist and channeling feelings of abjection, strength and freedom. Through its direct embrace of personal narrative, Brown's work offers a subtext of feminine empowerment and artistic discovery.
Brown lives in New York and works in Bushwick, where she began Storefront TenEyck, one of the first artist-run galleries in the neighborhood. She has an MFA from Indiana University and a BA from Yale University. Recent exhibitions include ICA Maine College of Art, Lesley Heller Workspace, NY; Mike Weiss Gallery, NY; Life on Mars, Brooklyn, NY; BravinLee programs, Brooklyn, NY; and Ober Gallery, Kent, CT. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, The Wall Street Journal, ARTNews, Artnet, Mdme Figaro, Hyperalleric, ArtFCity, and ART-Das Kuntsmagazin. She has an upcoming solo exhibition at Geary Contemporary in September 2017.