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Nigel Brown: Away and Towards (2014)


Thu 29 May 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Fri 30 May 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sat 31 May 2014, 11:00am–3:00pm
Tue 3 Jun 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm
Wed 4 Jun 2014, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: Milford Galleries Dunedin, 18 Dowling St, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: Milford Galleries

Away and Towards (taking its title from a 1978 work) is a substantial exhibition covering thirty-three years and comprising works primarily drawn from the artist’s private collection. As such it inevitably takes something of an overview or survey stance and clearly demonstrates – for all of Nigel Brown’s restless inventiveness – that his primary humanistic, environmental and social concerns (and narrative style) continuously traverse the questions of ‘who are we and what are we, where are we now and where do we come from?’ and that these concerns and questions have been remarkably consistent as well as insistent across the three decades represented.

This exhibition charts Brown’s eclectic, back-and-forth process and the development of an increasingly distinctive visual language. His modus operandi is to search for the universal in the local and to speak of the dislocation between the individual and society in that process. He has a highly refined and defined ear for the vernacular in our thought and behaviour, the argot of our words and deeds. He has referred to himself as a “symbolic expressionist” (1) and there can be little doubt such a phrase is accurate. He is also an “emphatically figurative painter” (2) of ideas and symbols and in this way he comes to blend “the surreal with the familiar” (3) as he builds allegories of belief, prophesy and warning. “Brown sees us facing the judgements of nature, society and ecology.” (4)

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