Nigel Brown

Nigel Brown was born in Invercargill in 1949 and gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Arts, University of Auckland in 1971 before beginning his full time artist career in 1972. Since then he has exhibited extensively in public and private galleries throughout New Zealand. He has received numerous awards, commissions and residencies and is represented in most New Zealand public collections and many private collections. Brown was awarded the Order of NZ Merit for Services to painting and printmaking in 2004 and in 2005 was awarded a three week residency in Russia Brown has established a reputation as one the most important figurative artists working in New Zealand and is acknowledged as New Zealand’s leading narrative artist. His distinctive works are a blend of symbolic and expressionistic approaches with a deep social concern. A potent myth-maker, Brown articulates the conscience of a country reinterpreting and revisiting its past. He translates this and expresses its (discordant) present with the expectation of better things to come actively using story telling precepts within the ‘confines’ of the image. He directly and selectively employs history, literature, politics as devices and in so doing examines the varied plights of the individual and environment with an emotional, intuitive sympathy which is accurate, incisive and clothed in a vernacular of the human condition.