Nigel Brown – I AM / WE ARE

Dates: Dec 2015 – Dec 2018

Nigel Brown: I AM / WE ARE provides an engaging overview of Nigel Brown’s oeuvre to date. Works that prove instantly recognisable to the general public are featured alongside many that may be less familiar, offering a fresh look at Brown’s artistic scope.

While diverse in subject matter, together the artworks form a stylistically coherent exhibition with a focus on Brown’s distinctive use of symbolism and text. Themes include individual and collective New Zealand identity, liberal politics, our natural environment, and the family.

This is a visually impressive exhibition featuring several large-scale paintings that have never been displayed in a public gallery setting. It would appeal strongly to many groups


  • Local audiences, as an accessible show of one of the country’s most fondly regarded painters.
  • Overseas visitors keen to experience distinctively New Zealand contemporary art.
  • School groups, due to Nigel Brown being a commonly studied NZ artist. The inclusion of carved woodblocks along with their prints gives a great opportunity for education into that medium.

An accompanying catalogue will give insight into the main themes represented in the exhibition and the common threads that draw them together.

All works are from the collection of Nigel Brown and Susan McLaughlin. A full list of artworks (with high resolution images) is available on request.

Curated by Jessica Mio
Exhibitions Curator
Aigantighe Art Gallery
Phone 03 688 4424

Aigantighe Art Gallery is the organising venue and touring agency for this exhibition.