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Nigel Roderick Brown ONZM (born 1949) is a New Zealand painter living in Dunedin, New Zealand. Born in Invercargill in 1949, Brown grew up in Tauranga and was fortunate to have the established artist Fred Graham as an art teacher at Tauranga Boys' College. Between 1968 and 1971 he attended Elam School of Art, gaining valuable wisdom and inspiration from teachers Robert Ellis, Pat Hanly, Colin McCahon, Garth Tapper and Greer Twiss. Brown first began exhibiting in 1972 and his highly praised Lemon Tree series (1977) helped to consolidate his position in the art scene.

In 1981, he was awarded a QEII Arts Council Grant for travel to the United States, the United Kingdom and Western Europe. On his return, the impact of the Springbok tour protests, as well as a period living with fellow neo-expressionist artist Philip Clairmont that same year, had a lasting impression on Brown. A founding member of the pressure group VAANA (Visual Artists Against Nuclear Arms) in 1984, Brown's paintings and prints of this period tackled relevant issues not only on nuclear weaponry but also on feminism and the peace movement. This culminated in his 1985 exhibition Living in the Bomb Age, at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

Brown's practice examines his direct and personal articulation of the realities of the human condition. He is profoundly aware of the relationship between human beings and their environment. Symbolism such as the fern, black singlet, dog and driveway, James K. Baxter and Captain Cook, all reflect his experience, his observations and his beliefs. He has woven these into a complex web over a period of more than 40 years.

In his early work he combined a tension and personal narrative centred on social issues in New Zealand topography. His later work included the socio-political world of the distinctly New South Pacific, while in his current practice, he continues to emphasize his vision of a New Zealand identity.

Brown has also undertaken two significant stained glass window designs – St Mary's Catholic Church, Auckland (1991) and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell (1998). In 1998 he travelled to Antarctica as part of the inaugural 'Artist to Antarctica' programme.

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      • NIGEL BROWN THREE VOLUMES OF 'THE BRITISH GUNMAKERS',
        Mar. 20, 2023

        NIGEL BROWN THREE VOLUMES OF 'THE BRITISH GUNMAKERS',

        Est: £500 - £700

        NIGEL BROWN THREE VOLUMES OF 'THE BRITISH GUNMAKERS', Volume one - London, Volume two - Birmingham, Volume three - Index, Appendices & additional London, Birmingham, Regional and Scottish records

        Holts Auctioneers
      • NIGEL BROWN An Ark for Arama No. 5
        Aug. 09, 2021

        NIGEL BROWN An Ark for Arama No. 5

        Est: $15,000 - $25,000

        Nigel Brown An Ark for Arama No. 5 1979 oil on board signed NIGEL BROWN, dated 1979. and inscribed AN ARK FOR ARAMA NO. 5 in brush point lower edge 905 x 1186mm   PROVENANCE Private collection, Rotorua.

        Webb’s – Specialist Auctioneers
      • NIGEL BROWN (New Zealand b. 1949) Mother and Child with Tree, No. 1
        May. 19, 2020

        NIGEL BROWN (New Zealand b. 1949) Mother and Child with Tree, No. 1

        Est: $7,000 - $10,000

        NIGEL BROWN (b. 1949) Mother and Child with Tree, No. 1, Oil on board, Signed & dated 1976, 56 x 40cm

        International Art Centre
      • NIGEL BROWN (New Zealand b. 1949) Mother & Child with Tree, No. 3
        May. 19, 2020

        NIGEL BROWN (New Zealand b. 1949) Mother & Child with Tree, No. 3

        Est: $7,000 - $10,000

        NIGEL BROWN (b. 1949) Mother & Child with Tree, No. 3, Oil on board, Signed & dated 1976, 52 x 55.5cm

        International Art Centre
      • NIGEL BROWN, (New Zealand b. 1949), Pull Yah Socks Up
        May. 01, 2020

        NIGEL BROWN, (New Zealand b. 1949), Pull Yah Socks Up

        Est: $14,000 - $18,000

        NIGEL BROWN, (New Zealand b. 1949), Pull Yah Socks Up, Oil on linen, Signed & dated 2005

        International Art Centre
      • NIGEL BROWN, I/We Landscape, 2006-2007
        Apr. 16, 2020

        NIGEL BROWN, I/We Landscape, 2006-2007

        Est: $14,000 - $18,000

        I/We Landscape, 2006-2007 , Oil on board, Signed & dated 2006-07

        International Art Centre
      • NIGEL BROWN, The Broken Lemon Tree, Hand coloured linocut, edition of 15,
        Feb. 26, 2020

        NIGEL BROWN, The Broken Lemon Tree, Hand coloured linocut, edition of 15,

        Est: $500 - $1,000

        Signed, inscribed The Broken Lemon Tree & dated 1982

        International Art Centre
      • NIGEL BROWN, Aotearoa - Being Here, Hand coloured woodcut, edtion of 20
        Feb. 26, 2020

        NIGEL BROWN, Aotearoa - Being Here, Hand coloured woodcut, edtion of 20

        Est: $1,400 - $2,000

        Signed, inscribed Aotearoa - Being Here & dated 1990

        International Art Centre
      • NIGEL BROWN, Blue Blue Fern, Acrylic on arches paper
        Feb. 26, 2020

        NIGEL BROWN, Blue Blue Fern, Acrylic on arches paper

        Est: $2,000 - $3,000

        Signed , inscribed & dated 1993

        International Art Centre
      • NIGEL BROWN, Black Singlet, Sunset Edition, Hand coloured silkscreen print, edition 6/12
        Feb. 26, 2020

        NIGEL BROWN, Black Singlet, Sunset Edition, Hand coloured silkscreen print, edition 6/12

        Est: $1,000 - $1,800

        Signed, inscribed Black Singlet, Sunset Edition & dated 1982 - 1989

        International Art Centre
      • NIGEL BROWN (b. 1949) - Pull to the Moon Triptych
        Nov. 27, 2019

        NIGEL BROWN (b. 1949) - Pull to the Moon Triptych

        Est: $15,000 - $20,000

        NIGEL BROWN (b. 1949) Pull to the Moon Triptych Oil on canvas Signed and dated 2003 90 x 180cm

        International Art Centre
      • Nigel BROWN - I am my Memory
        Nov. 27, 2019

        Nigel BROWN - I am my Memory

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        Nigel BROWN I am my Memory Acrylic on canvas Signed and dated 2007 45 x 35cm

        International Art Centre
      • NIGEL BROWN - Pull Yah Socks U!
        Nov. 27, 2019

        NIGEL BROWN - Pull Yah Socks U!

        Est: $15,000 - $20,000

        NIGEL BROWN Pull Yah Socks U! Oil on linen Signed and dated 2005 134 x 79cm

        International Art Centre
      • NIGEL BROWN - I/We Landscape, 2006-07
        Nov. 27, 2019

        NIGEL BROWN - I/We Landscape, 2006-07

        Est: $15,000 - $20,000

        NIGEL BROWN I/We Landscape, 2006-07 Oil on board Signed and dated 2006-07 119 x 78cm

        International Art Centre
      • NIGEL BROWN - Barry Mitcalfe, House of the Poet
        Oct. 23, 2019

        NIGEL BROWN - Barry Mitcalfe, House of the Poet

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        Acrylic on - Signed & dated 1990

        International Art Centre
      • NIGEL BROWN - Mother and Child with Tree, No. 1
        Oct. 23, 2019

        NIGEL BROWN - Mother and Child with Tree, No. 1

        Est: $8,000 - $12,000

        Oil on board - Signed & dated 1976

        International Art Centre
      • NIGEL BROWN - Beyond Reasonable Doubt
        Oct. 23, 2019

        NIGEL BROWN - Beyond Reasonable Doubt

        Est: $15,000 - $20,000

        Oil on canvas - Signed, inscribed Beyond Reasonable Doubt & dated 2000 - I wasn’t interested in repeating McCahon verbatim or merely appropriating his images, I wanted to find my own direction out of his material on my own terms. This involved relearning from McCahon as much as a determined departure from his edicts and constraints. The power of block letters, black, white and yellow ochre, necessary questioning, needed reforming around my own way of seeing - peopled, pictorialised, symbolised, de-sanctified or reglorified as needed. Nigel Brown 2002 In the 2002 exhibition I AM II at Tinakori Gallery, Mark Hutchins wrote the following essay: As the title I AM II suggests, this exhibition represents the second wave of Nigel Brown’s idiosyncratic, highly imaginative and often personally profound responses to some of Colin McCahon’s best known imagery. Brown was a student of McCahon’s at Elam School of Fine Arts during the late 60’s early 70s. lnfluences of McCahon, both practical and visionary, who was even then gaining recognition as the catalyst and leading exponent of modern New Zealand painting, remain at the roots of Brown’s own practice to this day. But although Brown makes frequent references to McCahon’s iconic images in his I AM series, Brown’s works are in fact also highly personal, speaking more about his own life and what he has achieved in over three decades of painting, than merely paying homage to his late tutor. ln Beyond Reasonable Doubt the artist has spoken of his intention to recall McCahon’s lessons on cubism, exemplified by the masters stylizations of the Titirangi landscape in his French Bay series of the mid 1950s. Various compositional components evident in the background of Beyond Reasonable Doubt appear to be direct visual quotes from a number of McCahon’s well known images, Moby Dick and Waterfalls in particular, while other elements are self-referential. Motifs such as the solitary autobiographical Kiwi joker with his black dog amidst stylized native vegetation have become signature images for Brown after being used by the artist consistently now over decades. The title Beyond Reasonable Doubt is taken from the book written about Arthur Allen Thomas and the Crewe Murder case but when applied to Brown’s iconic image of a calligraphic monolith looming large in a symbolically laden landscape, becomes far wider reaching in what it evokes. Directly overlaying the letters to create one sculptural focus transforms Brown’s I AM into something reminiscent of the PAX (peace) motif used widely by the Christian church and as such brings to mind the long running debate on the value and relevance of traditional religious faith, a recurring issue for many in contemporary society who continue to search for meaning in the highly artificial computerized world most of us live in. By substituting I AM for PAX Brown is championing a humanist approach to spirituality - a celebration of the self rooted firmly in the landscape. As far as the metaphysical and psychological baggage associated with l AM goes, I relate to the statement not in a Christian way but as a potent claim and affirmation of the robust individual. There is, I suggest, a healthy aspect to people asserting their existence. NB As is usually the case, however, the rather direct readings offered here are but a few of the many interpretations suggested by the multi-layers of meaning that interfuse Brown’s work. Most of his images that may initially appear quite simple and straightforward in narrative intent usually reveal themselves over time as a complex weave of the artist’s creative and personal history, politics and social commentary on contemporary New Zealand culture. Mark Hutchins

        International Art Centre
      • NIGEL BROWN - The Prodigal Son, Polyptych
        Oct. 23, 2019

        NIGEL BROWN - The Prodigal Son, Polyptych

        Est: $8,000 - $12,000

        Oil on canvas - Signed & dated 1997 A letter from the artist to Paul & Kerry Barber reads: I’ve always admired Bruegel’s version of this story which is an example of someone taking a biblical story and doing it on their own terms. From their own background and experience. I’ve done the same. I enjoyed it as a linked sequence of canvases. Leaving the parents encountering the world, coming back to NZ values and traditions and a little bit wiser after sampling distractions and vices! Sort of rites of passage / of growing up. Nigel Brown, 1999 The eternal parable set in the thriving Sky Tower metropolis of the South Pacific. During 1997 the artist was making regular trips between his home in Sandringham and the Glassworks Studio in Mt Eden, where he was working on the stained glass windows for Auckland Cathedral - a commissioned project that had been occupying him since late 1993. The tedium of driving perhaps relieved by the sprawling panorama of Auckland. The ever observant artist’s eye focusing on the central rising casino sky tower, like a black crucifix or the petrified pillar of Sodom. Just as the great centre window in the Cathedral celebrates the biblical myth of salvation, Prodigal Son likewise testifies that no amount of casino corruption will ever completely eclipse the values of love and compassion that dwell in the human spirit. In the left panel, the moon symbolises the mystery of life perceived by the innocence of youth. Life’s journey begins with confidence, how else could it begin, but in awe of the magnificence of almighty nature. But even in the second panel, a wizened prophet in the persona of James K Baxter reminds us there will be mighty temptations (the wine glass, the dens of gambling and iniquities, the seductress in black), along the road which is well-trodden - like the beaten path of Carmina Burana between the monastery and the distant village ale house. Even nature itself seems violated and polluted (the up-turned kiwi icon). So in the fourth panel the exuberance of youth is exhausted and finally collapses in a way that the biblical parable is suddenly condensed into the individual tragedy of entering the casino with ambitious but misguided hopes of a better life and emerging raggard and tattered, financially and psychologically wasted. But although we do not question the comforting salvation of the Father’s embrace, we maybe are left wondering if it alone is enough to save us. We hope it is - the kiwi is definitely back on its feet and the gush of the fresh waterfall brings the purifying and nourishing influence of water that salvation must be. From text written by Tony Martin affixed verso.

        International Art Centre
      • NIGEL BROWN Tivaevae Dog Still Life
        Sep. 21, 2016

        NIGEL BROWN Tivaevae Dog Still Life

        Est: $5,000 - $7,500

        NIGEL BROWN Tivaevae Dog Still Life oil on canvas title inscribed, signed and dated 95 verso 900mm x 595mm

        Webb’s – Specialist Auctioneers
      • Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) "Hope & Death", 1983
        Jul. 10, 2016

        Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) "Hope & Death", 1983

        Est: $300 - $500

        Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) "Hope & Death", 1983, monoprint, titled, signed and dated. Size: 15.5" x 23.5", 39 x 60 cm (sheet); 23.25" x 37.75", 59 x 96 cm (frame). Provenance: Bob Brand and Liz Werthan, Philadelphia.

        Material Culture
      • Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) "No Bomb", 1984
        Jul. 10, 2016

        Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) "No Bomb", 1984

        Est: $300 - $500

        Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) "No Bomb", 1984, monoprint with hand color, unique, signed and dated. Size: 17.5" x 9.75", 44 x 25 cm (sheet). Provenance: Bob Brand and Liz Werthan, Philadelphia.

        Material Culture
      • Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) Two Woodcuts
        Jul. 10, 2016

        Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) Two Woodcuts

        Est: $500 - $700

        Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) Two Works: 1) Remember '81 (Black & White), 1982, woodcut from an edition of 30, signed, titled, numbered and dated. Size: 47.5" x 31.5", 121 x 80 cm (sheet); 2) Remember '81, 1982, woodcut with watercolor. from an edition 30, signed, titled, numbered and dated. Size: 47.5" x 31.5", 121 x 80 cm (sheet). Provenance: Bob Brand and Liz Werthan, Philadelphia.

        Material Culture
      • Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) Two Woodcuts
        Apr. 30, 2016

        Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) Two Woodcuts

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) Two Works: 1) Remember '81 (Black & White), 1982, woodcut from an edition of 30, signed, titled, numbered and dated. Size: 47.5" x 31.5", 121 x 80 cm (sheet); 2) Remember '81, 1982, woodcut with watercolor. from an edition 30, signed, titled, numbered and dated. Size: 47.5" x 31.5", 121 x 80 cm (sheet). Provenance: Bob Brand and Liz Werthan, Philadelphia.

        Material Culture
      • Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) "No Bomb Gentleness", 1984
        Apr. 30, 2016

        Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) "No Bomb Gentleness", 1984

        Est: $300 - $500

        Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) "No Bomb Gentleness", 1984, monoprint with hand coloring, signed and dated. Size: 18" x 12.5", 46 x 32 cm (sheet). Provenance: Bob Brand and Liz Werthan, Philadelphia.

        Material Culture
      • Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) "Past Lives", 1983
        Apr. 30, 2016

        Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) "Past Lives", 1983

        Est: $300 - $500

        Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) "Past Lives", 1983, woodcut with watercolor, from an edition of 5, signed, titled, numbered and dated. Size: 24" x 26.5", 61 x 67 cm (sheet). Provenance: Bob Brand and Liz Werthan, Philadelphia.

        Material Culture
      • Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) "The Runner", 1983
        Apr. 30, 2016

        Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) "The Runner", 1983

        Est: $300 - $500

        Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) "The Runner", 1983, woodcut, from an edition of 10, signed, titled, numbered and dated. Size: 24.5" x 15.25", 62 x 39 cm (sheet). Provenance: Bob Brand and Liz Werthan, Philadelphia.

        Material Culture
      • Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) "Consider This Woman", 1983
        Apr. 30, 2016

        Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) "Consider This Woman", 1983

        Est: $300 - $500

        Nigel Brown (New Zealand, b. 1949) "Consider This Woman", 1983, Woodcut, hand-colored with watercolor and gouache, from an edition of 5, signed, titled, numbered and dated. Size: 25.25" x 16.5", 64 x 42 cm (sheet). Provenance: Bob Brand and Liz Werthan, Philadelphia.

        Material Culture
      • Art Work by Nigel Brown
        Aug. 29, 2012

        Art Work by Nigel Brown

        Est: -

        Art Work by Nigel Brown Clairmont Painting

        International Art Centre
      • Brown, Nigel
        Oct. 09, 2011

        Brown, Nigel

        Est: €20 - €40

        London Gunmakers, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 1998; 280 pages with colour and b/w illustrations; hard cover and dust-jacket. dating: circa 2000 dimensions: high 31 cm. provenance: England

        Czerny's International Auction House
      • Art Work by: Nigel Brown
        Aug. 17, 2011

        Art Work by: Nigel Brown

        Est: -

        Art Work by: Nigel Brown - Understanding

        International Art Centre
      • Art Work by: Nigel Brown
        Aug. 17, 2011

        Art Work by: Nigel Brown

        Est: -

        Art Work by: Nigel Brown - Clairmont Painting

        International Art Centre
      • Conversation Pacifica
        Aug. 09, 2011

        Conversation Pacifica

        Est: $14,000 - $18,000

        Nigel Brown Conversation Pacifica woodcut collage and acrylic on board signed and dated '94; title inscribed, signed and dated '94 verso

        Webb’s – Specialist Auctioneers
      • On The Last Morning
        Aug. 09, 2011

        On The Last Morning

        Est: $14,000 - $18,000

        Nigel Brown On The Last Morning acrylic on board title inscribed, signed and dated '84; title inscribed, signed and dated '84 verso

        Webb’s – Specialist Auctioneers
      • If I Could Sprinkle Nigel Brown
        Jul. 14, 2011

        If I Could Sprinkle Nigel Brown

        Est: -

        If I Could Sprinkle Nigel Brown

        International Art Centre
      • Our Intuition Nigel Brown
        Jul. 14, 2011

        Our Intuition Nigel Brown

        Est: -

        Our Intuition Nigel Brown

        International Art Centre
      • Art Work by Nigel Brown
        May. 05, 2011

        Art Work by Nigel Brown

        Est: -

        Nigel Brown " Pure Water The Urewera Set No. 3 "

        International Art Centre
      • What Are Yah? Nigel Brown
        Mar. 30, 2011

        What Are Yah? Nigel Brown

        Est: -

        What Are Yah? Nigel Brown

        International Art Centre
      • Luck and Me Nigel Brown
        Mar. 30, 2011

        Luck and Me Nigel Brown

        Est: -

        Luck and Me Nigel Brown

        International Art Centre
      • Nigel Brown
        Mar. 29, 2011

        Nigel Brown

        Est: $9,000 - $12,000

        Nigel Brown, In Praise of Old Places, title inscribed, signed and dated '86; title inscribed, signed, dated and inscribed Auckland verso

        Webb’s – Specialist Auctioneers
      • The Care of Women Nigel Brown
        Dec. 09, 2010

        The Care of Women Nigel Brown

        Est: -

        The Care of Women Nigel Brown

        International Art Centre
      • Nigel Brown Whatever Love Whatever acrylic on
        Nov. 30, 2010

        Nigel Brown Whatever Love Whatever acrylic on

        Est: $20,000 - $25,000

        Nigel Brown Whatever Love Whatever acrylic on board title inscribed, signed and dated '86; title inscribed, signed and dated 1986 verso

        Webb’s – Specialist Auctioneers
      • Nigel Brown The Corn Garden title inscribed,
        Nov. 25, 2010

        Nigel Brown The Corn Garden title inscribed,

        Est: $8,000 - $12,000

        Nigel Brown The Corn Garden title inscribed, signed and date...

        ART+OBJECT
      • Joy Nigel Brown
        Nov. 18, 2010

        Joy Nigel Brown

        Est: -

        Joy Nigel Brown

        International Art Centre
      • Culture Triptych Nigel Brown
        Nov. 18, 2010

        Culture Triptych Nigel Brown

        Est: -

        Culture Triptych Nigel Brown

        International Art Centre
      • Nigel Brown Mullet Bay (Looking Back) acrylic on
        Jul. 27, 2010

        Nigel Brown Mullet Bay (Looking Back) acrylic on

        Est: $9,000 - $12,000

        Nigel Brown Mullet Bay (Looking Back) acrylic on canvas signed, titled & dated 2007 600 x 900mm

        Watsons Auction House
      • Nigel Brown Land and Family hand-coloured
        Jun. 24, 2010

        Nigel Brown Land and Family hand-coloured

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        Nigel Brown Land and Family hand-coloured lithograph title inscribed, signed and dated 1979 and inscribed '2nd stage 1980, handcoloured' 575 x 420mm

        ART+OBJECT
      • Nigel Brown Urewera Set No. 4 title inscribed,
        May. 14, 2009

        Nigel Brown Urewera Set No. 4 title inscribed,

        Est: $600 - $800

        Nigel Brown Urewera Set No. 4 title inscribed, signed and dated 1987 645mm x 510mm

        Webb’s – Specialist Auctioneers
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