Biography

Deodanda Brown was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa and as a young child moved with her parents to the family farm in the Free State.  Working with farm animals, especially cattle, was always one of her great interests and led her to study animal science at the University of the Free State. After completing her Master's degree in medical and veterinary entomology, she started working as a scientific writer for the pharmaceutical industry. 

 

Her introduction to the world of painting only came much later in her life, at the age of 33. Her fascination with the works of the European masters lured her into taking evening painting classes during which her love for oil paint was born. Mesmerized by this medium she dedicated herself for the next 13 years to studying its language. But her interest grew much deeper than the emotional side of creating. Being a trained scientist, she became fascinated with the technical and scientific aspects that form the foundation of the oil painting process.  It came as no surprise when she decided in 2016 to say farewell to the pharmaceutical industry to pursue her love for this medium on a full-time basis. 

With an interest in the works of late South African painter Errol Boyley and British painter Edward Seago, to whom she dedicates many of her self-taught studies, much of her work developed into a representational post-impressionistic style in which she always pushes the colour boundaries. The strong influence of the European old masters can also be seen in the dedicated special series of late masterworks in which she enjoys re-creating in her own style some of the works of her favourite old masters, not only as a way to develop her own artistic abilities but also for the pure joy that comes from experiencing these works through her own brushes, that same exhilarating joy that made her fell in love with oil painting.   

 

Growing up on the farm sowed the seeds for her love of cattle and rural landscapes which also became her signature genres most sought after among her collectors.  A significant part of her portfolio is dedicated to her well-known cow and bull portraits which she creates as a voice against brutal farming practices.  As an artist who loves God with all her heart, she believes that one of mankind's greatest responsibilities is to protect His creation and that there is always a right and a wrong way of doing something. As someone who has witnessed numerous acts of horrific farm animal abuse, her journey in portraying the souls of these gentle animals through her art has become a lifelong pursuit.

She is a very private person who prefers a secluded lifestyle, dedicating her life to painting as her companion.  Her paintings form part of overseas and South African collections and are known for their superb technical quality and sensitivity that comes from her strong scientific approach to her creative processes and understanding and love for her subject matter.  

Artist CV

Born:  1974.  Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

Current City:  Cape Town, South Africa

Education:  University of the Free State, South Africa

2001 - Magister Scientiae (M.Sc) (majored in medical & veterinary entomology)

1996 - Baccalaureus Scientiae Honores (B.Sc Hons) (majored in medical & veterinary entomology)

1995 - Baccalaureus Scientiae (B.Sc Biology) (majored in zoology & entomology) 

Awards & Achievements:  Vuleka National Art Competition: Finalist, 2018. Oil painting titled: Will you walk with me through the mist?

Magazine Publications: 

 - The South African Artist magazine (Issue 34, 2018)  -  Soft pastel demonstrator (30 minute warm-up).

 - The South African Artist magazine (Issue 23, 2017)  -  Soft pastel demonstrator (The cattle portrait).

 - The South African Artist magazine (Issue 14, 2014)  -  Oil painting demonstrator (Rocks in the landscape).

 - Old Masters.com  -  Guest author Blog post, 2015 (Alkyd medium versus maroger, an artist's review).

Art Exhibitions  

2022:

 - Art-b Gallery (Arts Association of Bellville): Members group exhibition.

 - Rust-en-Vrede Gallery (Durbanville): The Grand 6 group exhibition.

 - Art-b Gallery: Tiny Treasures group exhibition.

 

2021:

 - Art-b Gallery (Arts Association of Bellville): Members group exhibition.

 - Art-b Gallery (Arts Association of Bellville): Forgotten Treasures group exhibition.

 - Art-b Gallery: Tiny Treasures group exhibition.

 

2020:

 - Rust-en-Vrede Gallery (Durbanville): Paintings & Ceramics Summer Sale.

 - Art-b Gallery (Arts Association of Bellville): Members group exhibition.

 - Canvas De-Vine Gallery (Robertson): Miniature Art group exhibition.

 - Rust-en-Vrede Gallery (Durbanville): The Grand 5 group exhibition.

 - South African Society of Artists (Cape Town): Members I group exhibition.

 - Art-b Gallery: Tiny Treasures group exhibition.

2019:

 - Art-b Gallery (Arts Association of Bellville): Tiny Treasures group exhibition.

 

2018:

 - Lindy van Niekerk Gallery (Bellville):  Little Gems group exhibition.

 - Vuleka National Art Competition (Art.b Gallery, Bellville).

 - Art-b Gallery: Tiny Treasures group exhibition.
- Art At Meerendal Gallery:  A Sense of What is Beautiful group exhibition.

 

2015:

 - Art-b Gallery (Bellville):  Tiny Treasures group exhibition. 

 

2014:

 - Art-b Gallery (Bellville):  Tiny Treasures group exhibition.

 

2013:

 - Swartland Shiraz & Arts Festival (Riebeek West):  Group exhibition at Riebeek Valley Hotel.

2013.

 - Creative Arts (Durbanville):  Annual members exhibition.

 - Avondale Gardens (Durbanville): Fund raiser by Tygerberg Rotary Club.

 

2011:

 - Creative Arts (Durbanville):  Annual members exhibition.

Gallery Consignments:  

 - Art.b gallery (Bellville) (2016 - 2021)

 - Art@Constantia gallery (Cape Town) (2018 - 2021)

 - Rust-en-Vrede gallery (Durbanville) (2020)

 - Canvas de-Vine gallery (Robertson) (2020) 

 - Marze Botha gallery (Stellenbosch) (2018 - 2019)

 - Etchings Art gallery (Durban) (2019)

 - Meerendal Art gallery (Durbanville) (2018)

 - Lindy van Niekerk gallery (Bellville) (2018)

 - The Winelands Art gallery (Durbanville) (2016)

 - The Pepper Tree Art Stable (Philadelphia, Cape Town) (2016)

Art Society Memberships:  

 - Arts Association of Bellville (2016 - 2021) 

 - The Rust-en-Vrede Gallery & Clay Museum (2020-2020

 - South African Society of Artists (SASA) (2020)

 - Constantiaberg Art Society (2017 - 2018)

 - The Brightlight Artists Guild, USA (2016) (established by David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw & Jacqueline Kamin)

To God all the glory for giving me this Journey!

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