Museum of the Vernacular
Year of the Yellow Summer
Nigel Brown is one of New Zealand’s best-known artists. Tutored by Colin McCahon, Garth Tapper and Greer Twiss, Brown graduated from the Elam School of Art in 1971 and established his reputation as an artist who conceived and created images and symbols that revealed important aspects of New Zealanders and their identity. Over the past forty years Brown work has been both politically and socially engaged, with the artist depiction of figures like James K. Baxter and the ‘Kiwi’ bloke in a black singlet the subject of respect and criticism. In 2004 Brown was awarded the ONZM for services to painting and printmaking.