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Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 2012



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Book Release November 2010 | Bryce Brown Paintings 2005 - 2010 | NZD $30.00*



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Finished size of the book is A5 Landscape format (210mm x 148 mm) perfect binding with, laminated gloss cover
and 64 full colour pages printed on heavy 170gsm paper with commentary by Bryce Brown.





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April 2009



Bryce Brown in studio 2009

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March 2009


Bay of Plenty Times article





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February 26th 2009


Agapé featured on the cover of the March issue of Marist Messenger.




Story of a Painting: Agape
by Bryce Brown
Agapé - after Michelangelo’s Pieta (1497-1500).
In the year 1500 AD, Michelangelo Buonarotti completed what is said to be one of his most highly-finished works, Pieta. He apparently was so pleased with it, that it is the only piece he ever actually signed.
I have always been attracted to the Mother and Child subject, particularly when portrayed as a ‘Madonna and child’ or when a piece conjures up feelings for this age-old subject.
Obviously two of the most important times in the life of Jesus Christ, were His birth and His death, the latter which I have finally chosen to paint, after Michelangelo’s Pieta.
In Pieta, the Virgin Mary’s youthful appearance can be attributed to the fact that the viewer is actually looking at an image of Mary holding the baby Jesus. Mary’s youthful appearance and apparently serene facial expression, coupled with the position of the arms could suggest that she is seeing her child, while the viewer is seeing an image of the future. As a parent, this is the explanation that appeals most to me, although there are other theories as to why Michelangelo chose to do this.
Agapé means ‘love’ in modern day Greek. In biblical literature, its meaning and usage is illustrated by self-sacrificing, giving love to all - both friend and enemy.
I have chosen to name the painting Agapé so as not to lament the death of Christ, but to celebrate his sacrifice and to reflect upon what was was gained more so than lost.
I began working on this painting onWednesday 12th March 2008, and finished on Friday 9 April 2008.
See the making of Agapé.

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August 23rd 2008

With guest artists including Dave Roy, Graham Crow, Lisa Christiansen, Finela Moore, Monika Welsh, John Staniford (Napier) Peter and Cramond.


Artists Bryce Brown and Dave Roy


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Labour a player in Tauranga: PM
Exert from Bay of Plenty Times article 20the June 2008


IMPRESSED: Prime Minister Helen Clark at the opening of the new Creative Tauranga offices with, from left, Creative Tauranga CEO Tracey Rudduck, artist Doreen McNeil and Creative Tauranga
president Grant Sowter. [Background painting 'Agape' by Bryce Brown.]

PICTURE / JOHN BORREN 190608JB06BOP

Miss Clark crisscrossed the city yesterday, opening the new Creative Tauranga office and gallery on the corner of Willow and Wharf streets, speaking at the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce lunch in the Mills Reef Winery restaurant, meeting the students and staff at Otumoetai College and socialising with Tauranga Her Business group at Bravo Cafe.Surrounded by 25 paintings from local artists in the crisp Creative Tauranga office, Ms Clark - the Minister for Arts and Culture - said she couldn't think of any other community arts council that has combined an exhibition space.``You have incredible visual artists and that's something to celebrate; arts and culture is for everyone, not just for the elite.

Across the corner are the art galley and the i-Site, centre, and Creative Tauranga will become another place on the visitor trail in the downtown.'' Miss Clark also noted that the proposed museum was ``not completely on the back burner; it's on one of the middle burners and I wish you well - part of the vision is to celebrate the local heritage''.


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Article featured in Creative Beat
- courtesy Bay of Plenty Times.




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New Zealand's Favourite Artists Calendar - courtesy Saint publishing.







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2008 OCTA Associates Ltd Calendar - courtesy Saint publishing .









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2007 Vero Calendar

Earlier this year Palette Gallery was approached to submit images of artworks for possible inclusion in the 2007 Vero calendar.
Bryce Brown's painting 'The Teracotta Bath' has been chosen as the December image for the 2007 calendar  
This calendar features New Zealand Art and is distributed to Vero’s (Insurance) clients and business partners all over the country.
 
Last year’s quality A2 sized calendar earned Gold in the New Zealand Pride in Print Awards. Artists featured were Gretchen Albrecht,
Galia Amsel, Rita Angus, Don Binney, Fatu Feu’u, Nicky Foreman, Michael Hight, Michael Illingworth, Richard Killeen, Andy Leleisi’uao,
Trevor Moffit, Michael Moore and William Sutton.

This year Vero clients and business partners will see another terrific selection of New Zealand artists including Jon Tootill, John Staniford,
Colin McCahon, Rita Angus, Ralph Hotere and Shane Cotton.

This is a highly estimed publication to be featured in. Please contact Palette gallery for more info.





New Zealand's Favourite Artists

Bryce Brown is one of sixty New Zealand artists chosen to be published in the soon to be released book 'New Zealand's Favourite Artists'. This will be volume 2 of the successful ‘Art New Zealand Today’ book (with a different name).

First published in 2002,the 128-page book has been one of the country’s biggest-selling books on New Zealand art.

The new book, to be published in September 2006 will be of a similar size and format, a double-page spread each featuring the details and a selection of works of a further 60 artists exhibiting in New Zealand.

Volume 2 together with the earlier book will build a comprehensive reference of current emerging and established artists.



New Zealand's Favourite Artists

This has become New Zealand's top selling book on NZ contemporary art.



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New Zealand's Favourite Artists Calendar - click here




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Bryce Brown's paintings are now available through two U.S galleries,
Discovery Galleries in Washington D.C and W.A.R.D gallery in Harbor Springs, Michigan. Please click on the links to visit these galleries or if they are in your area, call in to see them and view the paintings.

W.A.R.D gallery has been operating for 16 years in Harbor Springs and its principle focus is fine art. They have added Bryce to their already impressive collection of representational and abstract artists from around the world.

Discovery galleries are Washington D.C's premier gallery representing some of the world's leading artists including surrealist painter Rob Gonsalves. They have been operating for twelve years and specialize in finding and promoting artists throughout their career.

Please visit these galleries online and email or phone them to find out more.



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New addition to The John Deere International Art Collection

Brothers 1220 x 1820 mm acrylic on canvas
April 2005

John Deere International have just added the painting 'Brothers' to there impressive collection in the USA. It has been nearly 20 years since any new paintings have been added to the John Deere Art collection which houses around seven hundred works from artists such as Grant Wood, Magdalena
Abakanowicz, Alexander Obregon, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Liu Kuo-Sung and Ernesto Barreda.

'It [Brothers] is a truly wonderful piece of art and speaks to our business and customers in a unique way. The John Deere Art Collection is home to artworks from around the world, each of them representing a country in which we do business. Your painting will be our representation of New Zealand and will be displayed in our Worldwide Headquarters in Moline, Illinois, USA.' Says Lisa Spurgeon, curator of the collection.

More on the collection here...

Brothers was part of the Dunedin exhibition 'Amici'.




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