“This small acrylic on canvas has a bird floating in the sky with a totemic semi female figure, a covid sun and sea below.”
Nigel has been practicing as a full time artist since 1978 and became a member of the New Zealand Medallion Group in mid 1990s. In 2004 he was awarded the OZNM for services to painting and print making.
‘I think if you look at my medallion work you’ll see it evolve away from the foundry. This has been influenced by my move to a remote rural situation where some vernacular do it your self voice has been heard. It is also deeper than that again in wanting hand made one off organic rawness rather than industrial repeat editioning associated with manufacture. This is part of my questioning the society I live in, both in terms of values and its propaganda.’ Nigel Brown, 2015.
What makes Nigel Brown’s art practice so appealing is 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. In his hands symbolism is a powerful and evocative instrument. 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 forty 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 emphasise his vision of a New Zealand identity.