Curator hails gifts of artworks

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The Eastern Southland Gallery is counting its blessings after receiving multiple donations of artworks including eight of artist Nigel Brown’s works.
Gallery curator Jim Geddes acknowledged the generosity of the string of artists who donated works to the gallery.
Brown had a close association with the Gore gallery when he was living in Southland, Mr Geddes said.
Brown was interested in the John Money and Ralph Hotere collections at the Gore gallery.
‘‘He was based at Cosy Nook,’’ Mr Geddes said.
Brown had relocated to Southland from Auckland in 2001.
‘‘He lived there until early this year. ‘‘He’s quite a wellestablished New Zealand artist, who we were fortunate to have living in Southland for 15 years.’’
Brown mainly exhibited in major galleries in New Zealand and overseas.
‘‘He did have a major solo show with us in 2005.’’
The bulk of the work Brown produced when living in the province had references to Southland, Mr Geddes said.
When Brown decided to move, he initially gifted five works to the Eastern Southland Gallery. That was followed by another eight works, spanning from 1983 to 2008.
‘‘It’s a really good overview of his works.
‘‘He wanted, I guess, to leave Southland with a body of work, which is really lovely,’’ Mr Geddes said.
Not only did he give the artworks to the gallery but he also left a printing press to be located at the East Gore Art Centre, along with two large tables made from wood blocks used for printing.
‘‘They’re extraordinary.’’
Mr Geddes described the donations of artworks, the press and tables as incredibly generous.