Topic: Nigel Roderick Brown: Tauranga Connection (2013)

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Southland based artist Nigel Brown's paintings and prints give voice to his vision of a New Zealand identity. His first ever exhibition was held at Tauranga Public Library in 1963. Story by Debbie McCauley.

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Nigel Roderick Brown was born in Invercargill in 1949 to Raymond Francis and Veronica Brown (nee Sedon). He grew up in Tauranga, attending Otumoetai and Pillans Point Primary Schools. His childhood home was 18 Keilor Road in Otumoetai.

During the 1950s and 1960s he was educated at Tauranga Boys' College where artist Fred Graham was one of his art teachers.

His first exhibition of nine paintings was held at Tauranga Public Library in 1963.

Brown left Tauranga in 1968 when he went to Elam School of Art at the University of Auckland. His teachers included Robert Ellis, Pat Hanly, Colin McCahon, Garth Tapper and Greer Twiss. Brown graduated in 1971 and began exhibiting in 1972.

In 1975 he and his young family returned briefly to Tauranga where they lived at Bureta.

Self Portrait with Mount Maunganui (1975) by Nigel Brown

Self Portrait with Mount Maunganui (1975) by Nigel Brown.

Brown has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. He has received numerous awards, commissions and residencies and is represented in most New Zealand public collections and many private collections.

He was the first visual artist to receive the Inaugural Artists to Antarctica Award in 1998.

In 2001 the family relocated from Auckland to Cosy Nook, Riverton, Southland.  

Brown was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Painting and Printmaking in 2004.

in 2005 Brown was awarded a three week residency in Russia hosted by NZ's ambassador in Moscow, Stuart Prior.

Tauranga Quartet (2008-9) by Nigel Brown

Tauranga Quartet (2008-9) by Nigel Brown.

Brown and partner Susan McLaughlin have given two substantial gifts to the Tauranga Art Gallery. The first was in 2007 when 44 works were gifted to the newly constructed Gallery. The second was when the Gallery celebrated five years in 2012 when 39 of Brown's works were gifted. Collectively these remarkable contributions represent a legacy known as The Brown Years exhibition.

by Debbie McCauley (2013).



Art New Zealand.

Nigel Brown biography by Lydia Baxendell (2012).

Nigel Brown website.

North South (2009). Poem by Glenn Colquhoun. Handwritten & Illustrated by Nigel Brown.

Tauranga Art Gallery

The Big Idea - Nigel Brown interview.

The Brown Years (2009) by Penelope Jackson.


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Nigel Roderick Brown: Tauranga Connection (2013)

First Names:Nigel Roderick
Last Name:Brown
Date of Birth:1949
Place of Birth:Invercargill, New Zealand
Residential address:Cosy Nook, Riverton, Southland
Spouses name:Susan McLaughlin and Moira Brown
Fathers name:Raymond Francis Brown
Fathers date of birth:25 July 1923
Fathers date of death:13 May 1983
Mothers name:Veronica Sedon
Mothers date of birth:23 March 1924
Mothers date of death:2 September 1985
Name of sibilings:Julian Brown, Darryl Brown, and Miles Brown
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Nigel Roderick Brown: Tauranga Connection (2013) by Debbie McCauley (Tauranga City Libraries) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 New Zealand License