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"Being Here: New Paintings by Bryce Brown."
2005-11-18 until 2005-12-04
NZ New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Being here is about New Zealanders, Pacifica, our culture, quirkiness and love of the outdoors - particularly the coast. Artist Bryce Brown says, “I never had any intention to paint so much scenery into my work but when you live in New Zealand and are so constantly surrounded with such beauty, how can this be avoided?” Brown's new work reflects strongly on our personal experiences and integration with the New Zealand landscape.
Figures are still strong and soulful, even more so now with the addition of the land and seascapes. Brown has focused mainly on The Bay of Plenty but also includes some images from memories of his travels both overseas and through New Zealand. He says, “This exhibition is about who we are as New Zealanders and how our surroundings affect us. I want the viewer to feel like they are there with the figures or maybe even imagine that they are the figures - not in a realistic sense but emotionally.”
This is Bryce Brown's third New Zealand exhibition for the year, no mean feat for any artist but Brown feels that even though this has put a lot of pressure on him as an artist and as a family man it has enabled him to progress his style and technique at a rapid pace.
Being here will be Brown's eighth solo exhibition in as many years. His work is in private collections in New Zealand, London, Edinburgh, California, New York, Belgium and more recently one of his largest works to date "Brothers" was added to The John Deere International art collection in Moline, Illinois.
Bryce Brown is rapidly becoming recognized as a unique figure in New Zealand art with his own distinct "Euronesian" style.
91 x 66 cm
acrylic on canvas.
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