I Am / We Are
Friday 29 June – Sunday 19 August
A retrospective exhibition by Nigel Brown, one of this country's premier contemporary artists for over three decades, I AM / WE ARE, opens at Percy Thomson Gallery this Friday night. We are delighted to have the guest of honour in attendance.
This exhibition presents an unparalleled opportunity to see a visual record of Brown’s career - tracing his evolution of ideas, mapping his physical travels and emotional growth, and highlighting the development of his characteristic style; his work with its heavy outlines, bold blocks of colour, New Zealand iconography, and painted words cross the gamut from the poignant to the satirical.
I AM / WE ARE provides an engaging overview of 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, many from Brown’s personal collection.
What makes Nigel Brown’s art practice so appealing is his direct and personal articulation of the realities of the human condition. He is profoundly aware of the relationship between human beings and their environment. In his hands symbolism is a powerful and evocative instrument.
The fern, black singlet, dog and driveway, James K. Baxter and Captain Cook, all reflect his experience, his observations and his beliefs. He has woven these into a complex web over a period of more than forty years. In his early work he combined a tension and personal narrative centred on social issues in New Zealand topography. His later work included the socio-political world of the distinctly New South Pacific, while in his current practice, he continues to emphasise his vision of a New Zealand identity.
All artworks courtesy of Nigel Brown and Sue McLaughlin.
Exhibition curated by Jessica Mio and toured by Aigantighe Art Gallery.
Join Nigel Brown
for a floor talk on
Saturday 30 June at 1pm
Percy Thomson Gallery, Miranda St, Stratford
Toured by Aigantighe Art Gallery
20th International Collage Exchange
Friday 27 July – Wednesday 25 July
Internationally renowned Taranaki assemblage and collage artist, Dale Copeland, has reached a milestone in bringing together her 20th and final International Collage Exchange (ICE) Exhibition to Percy Thomson Gallery.
The ICE exhibition, featuring 75 works, represents a number of international artists.
Each of the artists sends 13 works to Dale. Of the 13 supplied pieces only one goes on display at the exhibition and is for sale.
Each year a piece from each artist also goes into the permanent collection of a selected art institute. The rest of the pieces are exchanged between the participating artists.
Dale has more than 500 pieces in her own personal collection. She admits she is delighted to get ‘first’ pick in the swaps and is justifiably proud of her impressive collection.
It has been suggested that Dale’s collection could be the subject of another exhibition.
It takes about three months each year for Dale to co-ordinate the exchange and she is looking forward to a well-earned break after 20 years, taking back the precious time to concentrate on her own work.
Image: The Everyday Housewife by Dale Copeland, Puniho, New Zealand
Marilyn by Joan Schulze, CA, USA
Playing Cards by Martha Whittemore, FL, USA
FRUIT PAID by John Nelson Arbuckle, WA, USA
Grow Where You’re Planted by Medis Kent, NY, USA