Deadly Sinners

17.10.15 – 28.11.15
Cape Town

Deadly Sinners is a new series of eleven bronze sculptures triggered by Anne Applebaum’s Pulitzer Prize winning book Gulag: A History (2003), which explores the history of the labour camps in Siberia where millions of people were forcefully shipped during World War II. Imagining the terrifying train journeys to the frozen wastelands, Brown wondered what the train drivers were thinking, and so the first Sinner, The Engine Driver was born. The other ten “followed easily”.

For further reading refer to David Brown: Deadly Sinners by Alexandra Dodd

The exhibition will run until 28 November 2015. For more information or a portfolio of the Deadly Sinners please contact the gallery in Cape Town.

David Brown was born in Johannesburg in 1951 and studied Design and Photography at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, obtaining his degree in 1974. He was introduced to sculpture in 1975 by the prominent South African artist, and founding member of the Amadlozi Group, Cecil Skotnes (1926 – 2009).

Brown presented his first solo exhibition, Dogs of War in Johannesburg in 1980, and his first international showing was in 1985 at the Basel Art Fair in Switzerland. It was during this time that Brown began work on a commission for the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), which resulted in the monumental bronze and metal sculpture entitled Tightroping. He has participated in various group exhibitioins locally and abroad, most notably: Sculpture in The Making at the South African National Gallery, Cape Town in 1982; the Cape Town Trienniale in 1988; AA Mutual Life VITA Art Now at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in 1989, 1990 and 1992; South African Art at the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, England in 1993; Sculptural Work at Galerie Anke in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1996 and 100 Years of South African Art at IZIKO South African National Gallery in 2009. In 2012 he exhibited in Rainbow Nation: South African Sculpture at the Den Haag Museum in the Netherlands.

David Brown is known for his large commissioned works for collections in the United States, Europe and Southern Africa including the Milcetic Collection in New York and Henneton House in England. His work is also included in major public and private collections such as the IZIKO South African National Gallery in Cape Town; the Pretoria Art Museum and UNISA Art Collection; the Zeitz Collection in Kenya and the Zeitz MOCAA Collection in Cape Town.

View artist webpage: David Brown