Deborah Brown

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Sheep on the Road sculpture, Belfast

Deborah Brown (born 1927 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish sculptor. She is well known in Ireland for her pioneering exploration of the medium of fibre glass in the 1960s and has established herself as one of the country’s leading sculptors, achieving extensive international acclaim.[1] She became fascinated with nature during childhood years spent in Cushendun in the Glens of Antrim (which inspired her Sheep on the Road sculpture). Living there during World War II, she studied landscape painting before moving to Paris, where she entered the abstract art movement flourishing there. Her works have ranged from fibre glass sculptures to swirling geometric portraits.[2]


In 1982 a major retrospective of her work was held in the Ulster Museum and the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Since 1951 she has had one person shows in Ireland, England, Scotland and Canada and exhibits at the Shambles Gallery, Hillsborough, County Down and the Solomon Gallery, Dublin. In 2002 she had two exhibitions: Through the Rock at Cavanacor Gallery, Lifford and Cast in Nature at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, curated by Marianne O’Kane. Her work is included in many collections in Ireland and abroad, including the Ulster Museum, Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Bank of Ireland, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and the Arts Council.[1]


  • Sheep on the Road (1991), Life-size bronze, originally commissioned by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for their sculpture garden at Riddell Hall, Belfast. In 1999 it was purchased by Laganside Corporation, after relocation of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and relocated to the entrance to the Waterfront Hall, Lanyon Place, Belfast.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Sheep on the Road by Deborah Brown". Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Retrieved 7 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Rural Art in Urban Settings". Culture Northern Ireland. Retrieved 7 July 2009. [permanent dead link]