Nigel Brown Exhibition at Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi
14 February 2018
32 pieces will be exhibited, the majority acrylic paint on linen. Exhibition catalogue author Angela Middleton says “The centrepiece of this exhibition, ‘Concerning Our Earth Nurturing’, spells out the theme of these paintings and Brown’s current focus, a point he has reached through the decades of his work. This painting repeats earlier themes of women, men, and the ‘living landscape’ of Aotearoa, but the message has grown bigger, stronger.”
Nigel Brown is one of New Zealand’s most important figurative artists. He first exhibited in 1972 and his acclaimed Lemon Tree series (1977) helped establish his position in the art scene. For over forty years Brown has used symbolism in his work to address social, political and environmental issues. His stylistic features and symbolic characters such as the fern, black singlet, dog and driveway are familiar to most kiwis and representative of a rural New Zealand lifestyle.
Waitangi Treaty Grounds Collections & Public Programmes Coordinator Caitlin Timmer-Arends is excited about bringing the work of such a well known New Zealand artist to the Bay of Islands. “Having an exhibition of this calibre in the Far North is wonderful, and we are looking forward to opening the exhibition during the lead up to Waitangi Day.”
Concerning Nurture is free for Friends of Waitangi and Day Pass holders and will be open to the public until 19 May 2018.