Nigel Brown (ONZM) was born in Invercargill, New Zealand in 1949. He studied under Colin McCahon while at Elam School of Arts, University of Auckland, where he achieved his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1971. Since then he has exhibited extensively in public and private galleries throughout New Zealand and has had several touring exhibitions.
Nigel Brown is one of New Zealand’s most instantly recognised artists. His works are painterly and expressive, with colour playing an important role in the overall composition, reflecting the bare tones of New Zealand landscape. He blends symbolic and expressionist approaches with a deep social concern and mixes myth with realism to create visual stories specific to New Zealand culture.
After many years living in suburban Auckland, he moved to a rural coastal property in Southland in 2000.
He has received numerous awards, commissions and residencies and is represented in most New Zealand public collections and many private collections. In addition to his painting and printmaking Brown has also undertaken two significant stained glass window designs – St Mary’s Catholic Church, Auckland (1991) and Auckland Cathedral, Parnell (1998). In 1998 Nigel Brown traveled to Antarctica as the first artist in the ‘Artist to Antarctica’ programme. More recently he traveled to Russia as an ambassador for New Zealand Art.
‘Points Along the Way’, a survey exhibition of Nigel Brown’s work, toured New Zealand during 2000 and 2001.
Artist’s website: http://nigelbrown.co.nz