Denise V Brown was born in the UK and obtained a BA Hons in 3 dimensional design from the Metropolitan University of Manchester in 1985. Denise subsequently worked as a patternmaker in the engineering industry for 12 years, living a double life as a goldsmith working principally in precious metals under her own British Hallmark, producing unique commissioned jewellery.
Denise V Brown migrated with her partner to Western Australia in 1996. Soon afterwards, Denise decided that the scale of jewellery was too constricting and so began working in paint and sculpture via public art commissions and workshops. Denise V Brown has completed 9 public commissions and conducted numerous art workshops to date. She held two solo exhibitions, first in 2004 and then again in 2006, both at the Mundaring Arts Centre, Western Australia.
In 2006 Denise enrolled in the Advanced Diploma of Environmental Art and Design at the then Swan TAFE’s Midland campus (now Polytechnic West).
Immediately upon graduating in 2009, Denise was chosen to participate in the 2010 ‘New Works New Faces’ exhibition at Gallery East and Perth Galleries in North Fremantle.
Denise V Brown has since held two solo exhibitions, the latest at Heathcote Museum in 2012, which also involved a residency, as well as participating in numerous group shows in and around Perth and regional areas of Western Australia. Since migrating to Australia, Denise has participated in over 80 exhibitions.
In 2015, Denise, along with husband Hugh, set up ceramic studio Vibe, initially producing bespoke porcelain tableware but now branching into other practical ceramic pieces which Denise describes as ‘art that works’.
Denise V Brown uses her art as a means to translate and assimilate the emotional impacts thrown up by everyday life and contemporary world events.
“My inspiration comes from psychologically analysing personal memory and the effects such memories have on the psyche. I use natural and manufactured constructs to create representational imagery to stimulate the unconscious mind of the viewer into engaging beyond the image presented and into the emotional side of existence. I use constructs of architecture, geometry and mechanisms as metaphors to represent the human figure, allowing a more holistic image of humanity independent of race, gender or religion.”
Denise V Brown