Place Of birth
Nelson, South Island, New Zealand
Bronwyn Marwick taught Jeff Brown art at Waimea College in Nelson before becoming his dealer, one of few connections Brown maintained with the New Zealand art scene throughout his career, preferring to stay away from the art mainstream. At Waimea College Brown became familiar with the work of Philip Trusttum and Toss Woollaston, and their approach to art making. Brown’s work can be compared to Trusttum’s in his use of strong compositions and engaging colours, and combinations of linear and block-colour treatments of form. The subject of his paintings is often ambiguous, though references to building and construction are evident both in the structural compositions and material quality of the work. After exhibiting frequently throughout New Zealand in the 80s and 90s, and in keeping with his artistic inclination towards construction and materials, Brown now co-directs Workshop E, specialising in the construction and delivery of exhibitions and visitor attractions for museums and galleries.