Biography

Deodanda Brown was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Her family relocated to the family farm in the Free State where she spent most of her childhood years.  After completing her Masters degree in animal science she worked almost 2 decades as a medical writer in the pharmaceutical industry.  The first time she picked up a paintbrush was at the age of 33, shortly after moving to Cape Town, and without formal art training she dedicated herself for over 13 yrs to study the language and science of oil painting.  At the beginning of 2016, she decided to become a full-time artist.     

Growing up on the farm sowed the seeds for her love of cattle and farm landscapes.  And with an interest in the works of late South African painter Errol Boyley and UK painter Edward Seago, much of her work developed into a representational post-impressionistic style in which she always pushes the colour boundaries.  Her cattle works were created as a voice against brutal farming practices and farm animal abuse, and along with her landscapes continue to remain one of her most passionate subject matter. 

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.  

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Artist CV

Born:  1974.  Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

Current City:  Cape Town, South Africa

Education:  University of the Free State, South Africa

2001 - Master in Science (M.Sc) (majored in medical & veterinary entomology)

1996 - Honours in Science (B.Sc Hons) (majored in medical & veterinary entomology)

1995 - Bachelor in Science (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  

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 & gallery fund raiser.

 - 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): 14 August - 7 September 2018.

 - 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)