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NIGEL BROWN

BLACK PAPER WORKS 10 November - 5 December 2012 www.milfordgalleries.co.nz

Milford Galleries Dunedin 18 Dowling Street (03) 477 7727 info@milfordhouse.co.nz


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Wakatipu (2011) acrylic on paper, sheet: 1000 x 700 mm


2

Queenstown (2011) acrylic on paper, sheet: 1000 x 700 mm


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Shotover (2011) acrylic on paper, sheet: 1000 x 700 mm


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You’re Remarkable in the Nude (2011) acrylic on paper, sheet: 1000 x 700 mm


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Wakatipu - Central Otago (2011) acrylic on paper, sheet: 649 x 501 mm


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Bust Yer Guts (2011) acrylic on paper, sheet: 1000 x 700 mm


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Our Otago Dreaming (2011) acrylic on paper, sheet: 1000 x 700 mm


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Gold in My Veins (2011) acrylic on paper, sheet: 1000 x 700 mm


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Finders Keepers (2011) acrylic on paper, sheet: 592 x 417 mm


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Dart River (2010) acrylic on paper, sheet: 765 x 1125 mm


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Go Weep! (2011) acrylic on paper, sheet: 765 x 1125 mm


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Typical New Zealander (2010) acrylic on paper, sheet: 1125 x 765 mm


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Love Aotearoa (2012) acrylic on paper, sheet: 1125 x 765 mm


Nigel Brown has had a long term, multi-faceted relationship with the Queenstown area. His grandfather on the Brown side was the first child born on the Kyeburn diggings. Relatives such as Moses Brown and John Brown were gold miners who sluiced extensively. His grandparents ran the Lowburn Station near Cromwell and he spent formative years on a small farm on the Crown Range. And since moving to Southland, he has visited Queenstown, Glenorchy and the Paradise Valley and other places in Central Otago regularly. This exhibition of paintings on black paper primarily focuses upon the Lakes District. The works are expressive in character, imaginative in essence and utilise – as a stylistic convention – a woodcut technique of broad outlines. Brown makes no especial endeavour to be realistic but actively utilises source material such as maps; the locations, history and characters of gold mining; the physical structures, patterns and shadows of the alpine landscape and water. The evocative place-specific dialogues develop the mythic nature of Brown’s narratives. These function just as much as incantations as characteristic visual devices. In works such as Shotover (2011), Our Otago Dreaming (2011,) and Wakatipu – Central Otago (2011,) the role performed by words is dynamic, innovative and dramatically varied. Fundamental to Brown’s works is a humanist philosophy. Time and time again he has explored the connections and disjuncture between place and belief, between what we are and what we think we are. This is fully evidenced in the gold mining works of course but in the iconic Go Weep (2011) and Typical New Zealander (2010) he returns to his dominant concerns of identity and how we treat (and mistreat) our environment. In Love Aotearoa (2012), a work which radiates with light and is strongly suggestive of a stained glass window, he builds a powerful metaphor of love.


EXHIBITION PRICELIST 1

Wakatipu (2011)

6,275

2

Queenstown (2011)

6,275

3

Shotover (2011)

6,275

4

You're Remarkable in the Nude (2011)

6,275

5

Wakatipu - Central Otago (2011)

4,425

6

Bust Yer Guts (2011)

6,275

7

Our Otago Dreaming (2011)

6,275

8

Gold in My Veins (2011)

6,275

9

Finders Keepers (2011)

4,425

10

Dart River (2010)

6,275

11

Go Weep! (2011)

6,275

12

Typical New Zealander (2010)

6,275

13

Love Aotearoa (2012)

6,275

All prices are for unframed works – framing quotes are available on request All prices are NZD and include GST; Prices are current at the time of the exhibition


NIGEL BROWN b. 1949, lives Southland

Life’s Not Fair (2007-08)

Nigel 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. Brown actively uses story telling precepts within the ‘confines’ of the image. He directly and selectively employs history, literature, politics, etc. 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. His work expresses fundamental spiritual and humanistic concerns common to mankind. These are infused with the particularity of cultural location and reference, the specific of place and event, the dynamism of individual character and personality with the narrative (artist as author) point of view. 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. Born in Invercargill, New Zealand in 1949, Nigel Brown (ONZM) gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Arts, University of Auckland in 1971 and began his full time artist career in 1972. Since then he has exhibited extensively in public and private galleries throughout New Zealand and has had several touring exhibitions including in 2000-2001 ‘Points Along the Way’ (a survey). After many years living in suburban Auckland, he moved to a coastal property in rural Southland in 2000. 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 hosted by NZ’s ambassador in Moscow, Stuart Prior. In addition to his painting, Brown is also a printmaker and he has undertaken two significant stained glass window designs – St Mary’s Catholic Church, Auckland (1991) and Auckland Cathedral, Parnell (1998). Most recently Brown completed ‘Seven Last Words’ (2009) a suite of lithographs commissioned by Chamber Music NZ in association with String Quartet in honour of the 200th anniversary of Haydn's death.

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NIGEL BROWN b. 1949, lives Southland EDUCATION 1968-71

Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland (BFA) (Tutors include McCahon and Ellis)

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2012 2011

2010

2009

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2007 2006

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1999 1998 1996 1993

1988

Black Paper Works, Milford Galleries Dunedin Dusky Doubtful, milford galleries queenstown Travel to Travel, Southland Museum, Invercargill; Lopdell House, Auckland Mitre, Milford Galleries Dunedin Short Lives of Birds, whitespace, Wellington Short Lives of Birds, whitespace, Auckland New Lemon Tree, Williams Gallery, Petone The Written Word: Works from the Artist, Wallace and Museum Collections, Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery, Gisborne Selected Works, milford galleries queenstown All Our Days, Milford Galleries Dunedin The Haydn Lithos, Touring Papergraphica Exhibition, Launching at Futuna Chapel, Karori, Wellington Art of Reading, Williams Gallery, Petone Conversations, milford galleries queenstown Lamp, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland Antarctic Visions, Williams Gallery, Petone Gold Miner, Milford Galleries Dunedin Will To Meaning, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland Worded Image, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland Southern Odyssey Project Commission: Painting for Railway, Mossburn Hotel Iconic Way, milford galleries queenstown Personage, Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore Yeah, Human, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland Allegories, Tinakori Gallery, Wellington A Russian Journey, Lithographs, Muka, Auckland Russian Works, New Zealand Embassy, Moscow, Russia I Am IV, CoCA, Christchurch Human Condition, Tinakori Galley, Wellington Dance of the Origin, Milford Galleries Dunedin Points Along The Way, Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru I Am III, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland Deco Echo, Statements Gallery, Napier Points Along the Way, Ashburton Art Gallery; Forester Gallery, Oamaru I Am II, Tinakori Galley, Wellington This Human Place, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland Points Along the Way, Pataka Porirua Museum of Arts and Culture; Fisher Gallery, Auckland; Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui I Am, Warwick Henderson Gallery, Auckland Points Along The Way, touring show by Milford Galleries Dunedin; Suter Gallery Nelson Hard Pressed, Portfolio Gallery, Auckland Road Works, Statements Gallery, Napier Encounter and Discovery: Pacifica, Rotorua Museum of Art and History Antarctica, touring show Government House, Wellington & Auckland, Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Canterbury Museum Pacifica V Southland, Museum and Art Gallery, Invercargill Living Here Aotearoa, Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru; Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch Living Here Aotearoa, A Survey, Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North 1984 and After, Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North

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SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

Delights, Medallion Artists New Zealand, Remuera Gallery, Auckland My City, Whitespace, Auckland 58th Peace Art Exhibition, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse #1 (Yokohama New Port), Japan Medallion Show, Remuera Gallery, Auckland Masterworks, milford galleries queenstown 57th Peace Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Ueno, Japan Garden of Delights, New Zealand Medallion Group, Auckland Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Artists to Save Our Water, Chamber Gallery, Rangiora Taste, Auckland Art Gallery The Captain, Tauranga Art Gallery Nine Artists in Fiordland, St Paul’ Cathedral (Caselburg Trust) Dunedin Eden Arts Sketchbook Project: For Artists in Eden Day Select, Old School Puke Ariki, New Plymouth 56th Peace Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Veno Japan Sinfonia Antarctica, The New Dowse, Lower Hutt Te Kauri, Zealandia, Warkworth (2008-2009) Guest Artist (With B. Brickell) NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington Artists to Save our Water, NG Gallery, Christchurch Showcasing Southland Artists, Southland Museum and Art Gallery Adornment, Medallion Group, Waiheke 55th Peace Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Veno Japan Art for Conversation, Michael Fowler Centre / Government House, Wellington The Printmakers, Catchment Gallery, Nelson The Shock of the New, CoCA, Christchurch Ten Renowned Artists, Remuera Gallery, Auckland Driving Creek collaborative ceramic sculpture with Barry Brickell The VAANA Fragments, Outreach, Auckland VAANA Mural, Digitised Version, Karangahape Road, Auckland Editions, Catchment Gallery, Nelson Masterstrokes, Gallery 33, Wanaka Inview: Works from VVA Art Collection, Curated by Adam Art Gallery, Wellington Everyday Moments, (with Cathy Helps), CoCA, Christchurch The Hocken Collections in Auckland, Portraits of Artists, University of Otago House A Celebration of the Life of Lyndsay Crooks, Dunedin Community Gallery In From the Cold, Christchurch Public Art Gallery 45˚ Below, An Antarctic Summer, Forrester Gallery, Oamaru 53rd Peace Art Exhibition, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan Medallion Group Exhibition, Catchment Gallery, Nelson McCahon’s Legacy, Ferner Gallery, Wellington Transit of Venus, milford galleries queenstown Three Notable Printmakers, Willams Gallery, Petone A Comparison of Scale, The New Zealand Medallion Group, Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford Pacific Rim, Contemporary New Zealand Medallic Sculpture, Medalia, Rack and Hamper Gallery, New York Fidem XXIX 2004, Seixal, Portugal 52 Anniversary Peace Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Uneo, Japan The Sublime Metaphor, New Zealand House, Haymarket, London; City University of New York (CVNY) Oxford University Museum; Leedy-Volkous Art Centre Gallery, Kansas City Ranges of Inspration, Corban Estate Arts Centre, Waitakere City Art in the Woolshed, Tawharanui 51st Anniversary Peace Art Exhibiton, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Ueno, Japan

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1996 1994 1987 1985

Connectedness, Hawkes Bay Museum Barking Mad, The Suter, Nelson On Location, Te Papa Touring Exhibition, Included Southland Museum The Wind in the Fences, Dunedin Public Art Gallery Overview, AS IS, Landscape and Metaphor, Milford Galleries Dunedin Artists Against Aqua, Forrester Gallery, Oamaru Annual Spring Exhibition, Anderson House, Invercargill Pacific Rim, Simons Gallery , London, England Southern Exposure, Artists Residence, Cosy Nook 50th Anniversary Peace Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Uneo, Japan Pacific Rim, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch Spiritual Art, Auckland Cranleigh Barton Drawing Awards, McDougall Gallery, Christchurch (Finalist 2001) Pacific Rim, Cliff McPherson Gallery, Christchurch Millennium Medallions, Auckland Museum 49th Anniversary Peace Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Ueno, Japan Sheep, CoCA, Christchurch The Artists Chair, Milford Galleries Auckland Millennium Medallions, Wellington City Art Gallery Annual Spring Exhibition, Anderson House, Invercargill Text and Image, Lopdell House, Auckland XXVII Fidem 2000 Internationalle Medaillenkunst, Berlin Weimar 48th Anniversary Peace Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Ueno, Japan Murals for Auckland Town Hall Restoration Project and Green Peace. Visiting Artist, Hawkes Bay Polytechnic 1987 Print Series, City Gallery, Wellington Living in the Bomb Age, Dunedin Public Art Gallery

AWARDS & COMMISSIONS 2009

2007 2006 2005 2004 1998

1995 1993 1991 1986 1981 1978

“The Haydn Lithos”, Printed Papergraphica, Christchurch. Commissioned by Chamber Music NZ in association with NZ String Quartet (performance) and Sara Brodie (video included in the performance). Performance touring New Zealand, 2009 Cover for Courses and Careers, Cervin Publishing Work for Railway Hotel, Mossburn, Southern Odessey Trail Awarded a three week residency in Russia hosted by NZ’s ambassador in Moscow, Stuart Prior, and partially funded by private contributors in NZ ONZM for services to Painting and Print Making Inaugural member Artists to Antarctica Stained glass window commission Auckland Anglican Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland Southern Odyssey Project Commission: Painting for Railway, Mossburn Hotel Finalist Visa Gold Artist in Residence, Wanganui Regional Polytechnic Stained glass window commission St Mary’s Catholic Church, Auckland Awarded QEII Arts Council Grant Awarded QEII Arts Council Grant for travel to USA, UK & Europe Awarded QEII Arts Council Grant

COLLECTIONS Hocken Library Dunedin Alexander Turnbull Library Auckland Art Gallery Sarjeant Gallery Robert McDougall Art gallery Te Papa Tongarewa Manawatu Art gallery Dowse Art Museum Waikato Museum of Art & History

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Lincoln College University of Auckland University of Otago Chartwell Trust Collection Aigantighe Art gallery Creative NZ University of Canterbury Porirua Court Massey University

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University of Waikato Gisborne Museum & Arts Centre The Rutherford Collection Anderson Park Art Gallery Christchurch City Council Ministry Of External Relations and Trade The Suter Hawkes Bay Polytechnic ANZ Bank BNZ Fletcher Challenge Bank of NZ Bromhead Design Centra Hotel

Russell McVeagh Simpson Grierson Eastern Southland Gallery Canterbury Museum Fletcher Challenge Petroleum Natural Gas Corporation PricewaterhouseCoopers Westpac Trust Buddle Findlay NZ Insurance Tower Corporation AMP Millennium Hotels Tauranga Art Gallery

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 2011

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2007

2004 1991

Nigel Brown: Travel To Travel, (catalogue) Southland Museum and Art Gallery; Invercargill, 2011 Wolfe, Richard and Stephen Robinson, Artists At Work, Penguin Books, London, England Ed. Paul Millar, James K Bazter, Selected Poems, Fyfield Books, Carcanet Press Ltd Manchester and Auckland University Press, Auckland (work on the cover) ‘Living Icons’, Jam Radio, Depot Artspace, Devonport, Auckland. Denys Trussell Interviews Artist. Wolfe, Richard and Stephen Robinson, Artists @ Work, Penguin ‘North South’, Handwritten and Illustrated by Artist. Poem by Glenn Colquhoun. Steele Roberts. CNZ Funded. ‘The Christian Symbolism of Nigel Brown’, Alastair Lane, Stimulus, Vol 17, Issue 1, February 2009 The Brown Years, exhibition catalogue, Tauranga Art Gallery. (Catalogue essay by Penny Jackson) Gifford, Adam, ‘Shadows of McCahon and More’, Herald, October 11, 2008 Orton, Mark, Nine Artists in Fiordland, A DVD of Break Sea Girl Trip Kim Hill Interview, Radio NZ, 19 April 2008 The Real Art Show (Promotional pack for touring show) ‘Talk Talk’, Finlay McDonald, Free Air, Recorded June 2008 Johnstone, Christopher, The Painted Garden in NZ Art, Random House NZ, 2008 Wolfe, Richard, NZ Portraits, , Penguin, 2008 Trussell, Dennis, The Expressive Forest, Brick Row Publishing, Auckland, 2008 K.M., Bravado (Cover), Issue 14, 2008, (Included Katherine Mansfield Conference Paper by P. Jackson, London) ‘Te Ara’, the Encyclopaedia of NZ, Online, Ministry of Culture and Heritage Fallow, Michael, ‘Vulnerable Stuff’, Southland Times, 2007 Eyley, C.P., No Nukes is Good Nukes, CD, 2007 Clairmont, Sunday Programme, 4/11/2007, TV1 Footage and interview Will To Meaning, Catalogue 2007, W.H. Gallery, Auckland. (Note by B. Brickell) Dance of the Origin, DVD material (unedited) of Milford Galleries Dunedin exhibition, 2004, (TV1 coverage, rehearsal, paintings) O’Brien, Gregory, Nigel Brown, Random Century

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Inner Truth (2006-09)

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