Delia Brown (American, b.1969), a figurative painter from Los Angeles, CA, is best known for exploring desire, wealth, and privilege within her works. Through art historical references and appropriated images, Brown’s work comments on the cluttered and empty bourgeois aspects of life. Her works depicting young women exude a sense of loss and meaninglessness, while her studies of mothers and children convey oppressive interiors lacking emotion and overwhelmed by useless objects. Brown attended the University of London, Goldsmith’s College, and received her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. The artist has held solo exhibitions at D’Amelio Terras, in New York, NY; the Margo Leavin Gallery, in Los Angeles, CA; and Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, in Paris, France. Brown currently lives and works in New York.

Timeline

BA, University of California, Santa Cruz
MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
University of London, Goldsmith's College

Exhibitions

2010
Mujeres Y Camaradas, D’Amelio Terras, New York, USA (solo)
Women, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, USA (solo)
Size Does Matter, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA
Haute, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, USA
2009
NAKED! Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA
Paper Trail v.5 Intimate Gestures, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, USA
Chelsea Visits Havana, The 10th Biennial of Havana, Museo Nacional de Bellas Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2008
Precious, D’Amelio Terras, New York, USA (solo)
Musical Paintings, SCHEIBERMITTE, Berlin, Germany
Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, Flag Art Foundation, New York, USA (travels to Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA)
2007
Felicity & Caprice, D'Amelio Terras, New York, USA (solo)
Guerrilla Lounging: Aspen, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, USA (solo)
2006
Delia Brown: Self Portraits, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, USA (solo)
Double Self-Portraits and Step & Repeats, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
The Female Machine, Sister, Los Angeles, USA
Back to the Figure: Contemporary Painting, Kunsthalle der Hypo – Kulturstiftung, Munich, Germany
The Anniversary Show, The Apartment, Athens, Greece
Family Viewing: The Family Dynamics Episode, CuratorSpace, London, England
Relocations, Cooley Art Gallery, Reed College, Portland, USA
2005
Raindrops on Roses, Il Capricorno, Venice, Italy (solo)
All Access Atelier, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France (solo)
Merit Badge, 445 Old State Route 82, Craryville, USA
Liquid Los Angeles: Currents of Contemporary Watercolor Painting, Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
2003–2004
Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast in Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA; travels to Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the CCAC Wattis Institute, San Francisco, USA
100 Artists See God, Independent Curators International exhibition curated by John Baldessari and Meg Cranston, travels to the Jewish Museum, San Francisco, USA; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, USA; Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, USA
2003
Lazarus Effect: New Painting Today, Prague Biennial, various locations, Prague, Czech Republic
Live Drawing, The Apartment, Athens, Greece
Getting Hung Up at a Collector¹s Home En Route to the Museum, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2002
Pastorale, D¹Amelio Terras, New York, USA
Forsaken Lover, Il Capricorno, Venice, Italy
A Show That Will Show That a Show is Not Only a Show, The Project, Los Angeles, USA
Framing My View, MAZE Gallery, Turin, Italy
2000
D'Amelio Terras New York, USA
MFA Thesis Exhibition, UCLA New Wright Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Library, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Summer Group Show, D'Amelio Terras, New York, USA
Sentimental Education, Dietch Projects, New York, USA
1999
New School, Works on Paper Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Spaced Out: Southern California Vernacular, Herbert Marcuse Visual Arts Gallery, San Diego, USA
PLY, Art Center Graduate Galleries Pasedena, USA
1998
Identity Crisis, Spencer Brownstone, New York, USA
1997
The Newer Language, Purple Los Angeles, USA
William Turner Gallery, Venice, USA
1996
Paint and Purpose, Purple, Los Angeles, USA
The Good Art Company, Santa Monica, USA

Literature

2009
Urbino, Ian. “Havana Biennial, in Which Chelsea Takes a Field Trip to Cuba,” The New York Times, April 1, 2009, C1
2008
Kerr, Merrily. "Delia Brown. 'Precious,'" Time Out New York, Issue 664 June 19-25, 2008, p.72
“Galleries – Chelsea: Delia Brown,” The New Yorker, June 2, 2008, p.12
2007
Fry, Naomi. “Critics Picks: Delia Brown,” Artforum, April 2007
2006
Valdez, Sarah. “Delia Brown at Margo Leavin” Art in America December: 165, illus.
Lange, Christiane and Matzner, Florian. “Delia Brown” Back to the Figure: Contemporary Painting Munich, Germany: Kunsthalle der Hypo – Kulturstiftung: 64. ISBN: 3-7913-6079-5.
Brener, Julie. “Making a Scene” ARTnews May: 42, illus.
2005
Brown, Delia. “From the Canvas to the Mic and Back Again” Yard June: 25-31, illus.
Kino, Carol. “Go Figure” The New York Times: Art and Leisure April 17: 1, 26
Fineman, Mia.”Invitation Only” The New York Times: Art and Leisure January 2: 2, illus.
2004
Giuliano, Charles. “Roasting Chestnuts in Chelsea” Maverick Arts Magazine December 20
Cohen, David. “Gallery-Going” The New York Sun December 9
Fisher, Elizabeth. Rear View Mirror Cambridge, England: Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, ISBN 1-904561-08-X.
.Brown, Delia. “Delia Brown” 100 Artists See God New York, NY: Independent Curators International: 94. ISBN 0-916365-68-9.
2003
Higgs, Matthew. Baja to Vancouver:The West Coast and Contemporary Art. San Francisco: CCA Wattis Institute. ISBN 0-9725080-2-3.
Myers, Holly. 'An Artist Hangs at the Collector's Pad,' The Los Angeles Times November 7: E21, illus.
Cohen, Michael. 'Delia Brown: Artificial Life,' Flash Art March-April: 72-75, cover illus.
2002
Young, Tara Reddy. 'What Ifs: Constructed Identities and Imaginary Places in the ContemporaryArtProject Collection,' ContemporaryArtProject. Seattle: Seattle Art Museum.
Stern, Steven. 'American Idyll' TimeOut New York December 5-12: 63-64.
Miles, Christopher. 'Delia Brown' Artforum March: 144.
LaBelle, Charles. 'Delia Brown' Frieze Issue 65: 98.
Gaines, Malik. 'Delia Brown' Artext Spring: 80-81.