Deborah Brown smiling resting her hand in her palm

Deborah Brown

The things that make us

“I think my paintings reflect a longing to live. I see them as an expression of who I am.”

When the Covid-19 pandemic started in spring 2020, Deborah Brown was already in the midst of a new challenge: self-portraits. She had been asked by fellow artist Patty Horing to collaborate on the exhibition Sit Still: Self-Portraits in the Age of Distraction. Brown began her self-portraiture journey painting herself how she had painted others in the past – often with pets, nudity and bodies of wa...

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Deborah Brown (she/her) was born in Pasadena, California in 1955. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


Brown has been a visiting artist and lecturer at universities around the USA, and had tenureship at Carleton College.


After spending years mastering the history and craft of painting, Brown felt she had to let go of intellectual habits and paint intuitively.

Collaborations with Deborah Brown

Avant Arte and Deborah Brown have one upcoming collaboration.