Topic: Bryce Brown: Recent Works Exhibition

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Bay of Plenty artist Bryce Brown describes his latest body of work as semi-autobiographical, yet symbolic in ways that we can all relate to.

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Bryce says of the recent work: “With life’s ups and downs over the last couple of years, I’ve become very reflective, searching, interpreting meaning and understanding (or not-understanding) and making these images.

“It shows in the subject matter, and in the way the works are painted.”

Since his first solo exhibition in 1999, Bryce has become known as an artist who has always taken a bold, very painterly approach to his work, creating thick texture on canvas before beginning on the image.

These recent paintings, however, are more layered and much softer, allowing the viewer to see through to the very soft patinas in the paint, making the work quite contemplative.

Past exhibitions of Bryce’s works have been a reflection of family and the people around him, paintings of Mother and Child (Bella Mama 2004) after the birth of his son Henri, and the camaraderie of people working together (Amici 2005). 

His last exhibition, which was four years ago, ‘Lightly on the Land’ was inspired by the female alchemy that lets a woman care for her children, work the land, take care of business, plan for the future and then make herself beautiful to meet the world once again.    

“This work is mostly about how the world affects me, personally, and how I see my place in the world,” says Bryce.

Bryce Brown at the beginning stages of ‘High and Dry’, which he hopes to have as part of his new exhibition.

In the background of the photo we see ‘Six Fellows in a Field’, a merit award winner at the Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards 2012.

Bryce was born in Auckland in 1971.

He has been a full-time artist since 2005 and has had eight solo exhibitions.

His work is in private and public collections in New Zealand, Europe and the USA including the John Deere Art collection in Moline, Illinois (2005) and Foodstuffs New Zealand for Nga Potiki Iwi of Papamoa, NZ (2010).

On his distinctive earthy figurative style, Bryce says: “I like to explore positive human emotion and activity through my paintings.

“I’m always drawn to large scale boldness and always accentuate form as well as the balance of positive/negative space and masculine/feminine elements.

“The use of the human form in my work is vital and couldn’t imagine completing a painting without the use of the figure.

“My paintings are created to accentuate the positive aspects of life and to take the viewer to a place of reflection, where they can delight in the everyday things that pertain to our visceral and spiritual, rather than material natures.”


‘Laundry Day’ Acrylic on canvas 1010mm x 760mm. 2012.

This piece is full of colour and light, showing a figure hanging out clean, white sheets as a symbol of restoration, renewal and hope.

Bryce’s solo exhibition ‘Recent Works’ is at the Creative Tauranga Community Gallery March 8-27, 2012.

Meet Bryce at the gallery for morning tea on Saturday, March 10 from 10am to 11.30am.

You can contact Bryce at  and see more of his work on

by Pete Morris (March 2012).

Pete Morris is an occasional painter and an art lover. He is a free-lance writer who has a particular interest in promoting the visual arts in Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.


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