Susan Dreaming Tuatapere (2012), an oil and acrylic on linen, is one of 15 pieces by Cosy Nook artist Nigel Brown in Milford Galleries Queenstown. Photo supplied.
Pablo Picasso's portrait of his mistress Dora Maar was the
inspiration behind a series of works by Southland artist
Nigel Brown which are now on display in Milford Galleries
Brown, of Cosy Nook, attended the public launch and discussed
his latest works in the Church Ln gallery on Friday.
Nigel Brown: Invented Lived featured 15 ''made-up''
portraits, where names of his invented people embodied their
personalities, senior art consultant Maurice Watson said.
Born in Invercargill in 1949, Brown gained a Bachelor of Fine
Arts from Elam School of Arts, University of Auckland in 1971
and began his full-time artist career a year later.
Since then he has exhibited extensively in public and private
galleries throughout New Zealand and had several touring
exhibitions, including Points Along the Way, a survey,
in 2000 and 2001.
Brown, as a printmaker, undertook two significant stained
glass window designs - St Mary's Catholic Church, Auckland in
1991 and Auckland Cathedral in 1998.
After many years living in suburban Auckland, he moved to a
coastal property in rural Southland in 2000.
Brown was awarded the Order of New Zealand Merit for Services
to painting and printmaking in 2004 and was awarded a
three-week residency in Russia hosted by New Zealand's
ambassador in Moscow, Stuart Prior, in 2005.
Also on Friday, Milford Galleries opened its annual Royal
Queenstown Easter Show downstairs, which featured ''30 high
quality artworks by some of our leading artists, including
sculptor Paul Dibble, glass artist Ann Robinson and painter
Darryn George,'' Mr Watson said.
• Nigel Brown: Invented Lived runs until April 3. The
Royal Queenstown Easter Show runs until May 1.