Nature of Freedom (2014), Acrylic on canvas, 2940mm x 1950mm
Nature of Freedom
This large loose canvas was finished in 2014 and taken down to be rolled and sent recently for showing at the National Portrait Gallery in Wellington. Tranquillity Disturb’d is a three person show with Lisa Reihana and Gavin Hurley.
I’m pleased to honour a few poets and the concept of freedom for writers and poets. I also assert the freedom for artists to push boundaries, surprise, alarm and stimulate. Whatever the shabby politics of the day, the threats to nature, the crass cynicism, there are creative beings with plenty to offer. In the now and in the past they inspire.
This canvas is also a lead into my one-man show Albatross Neck coming up at Artis in Auckland.
8th December 2014
Released this month via Cosy Nook Press Ltd is Nigel Brown’s first self-published book in many years – Intuitive Mind. A limited edition collection of drawings with an introduction by Nigel Brown, Intuitive Mind explores instinct, the heart, and spontaneity through a series of bold pen-on-paper drawings. Intuitive Mind was printed and bound in an edition of 150 in Dunedin. To request a copy for $25 (including postage), email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
27th November 2014
I’m looking out my studio window in the wettest November. The objects on the sill are what I do to amuse myself when not painting. Somewhere we have our Sebastopol goose in hiding trying again with eggs. In the chook house on the earth floor part we have an Orpington hen sitting on eggs also. Grass is growing relentlessly. From the south the wind whips the sea.
17th September 2014
5th September 2014
For Away and Towards, his May 2014 exhibition of selected works at Milford Galleries Dunedin, Nigel gave a floor talk on specific paintings within the show. This was filmed, and we’re happy to share it below.
31st August 2014
A couple of months ago I completed a mural in one of our paddocks over looking a nearby bay that over the last ten years has been steadily eroding. Sue and I have opposed a sea wall along the coastline of Mullet Rd, and submitted numerously against it. The whole process was flawed and in the long term not viable because the surrounding cliffs will continue to collapse. The road will be threatened again in the near future. Even though the sea wall is going ahead we felt we managed some minor protection and stringent monitoring.
It was certainly an eye opener to the limitations of local coastal management and total disregard for coastal eco systems.
5th May 2014
This extensive exhibition runs from 10th May – 4th June 2014 at Milford Galleries Dunedin, with an opening on Friday 9th May 2014 at 5pm. Away and Towards spans paintings from 1978 to examples of the recent Provocation series. Featuring work selected by the artist and Milford Galleries director Stephen Higginson, Away and Towards includes important large works as well as smaller pieces. An extensive online catalogue is available through the Milford Galleries website. Nigel wishes to thank Susan McLaughlin and all the staff at Milford Galleries for their effort and the support received.
28th February 2014
– Waterfalls is Nigel’s new exhibition at Wellington’s Solander Gallery. More information here.
– Nigel is currently guest artist of the Dancing Star Foundation. From their website: Dancing Star Foundation is honored to present its second Guest Artist, Nigel Brown. Nigel is one of New Zealand’s most important and provocative contemporary artists. His work reflects a deep and abiding passion for the environment that has stirred hearts and minds throughout the world. Click to head to the Dancing Star website, who have published a piece Nigel has written about his concerns, motivations and work.