About the artist
Bryce was born in Auckland, New Zealand
He has been exhibiting since 1999, a full-time artist since 2005 with
nine solo exhibitions.
Bryce's work is in private and public collections in New Zealand,
and the USA including the John Deere Art collection in Moline, Illinois
(2005) and Foodstuffs New Zealand for Nga Potiki Iwi of Papamoa, NZ
1997 Embarks on International
travel, studying the works of the Masters
in the Galleries and Museums of Europe. Discovers a passion for and
ability to paint.
1998 First solo exhibition -
2000 Travels to Turkey - gains
inspiration and begins new body of work.
2004 Attends studies in
Graphic Design - Tauranga.
2005 Becomes a full time
artist - 3 exhibitions this year sells work to
The John Deere International Art Collection as well as other
2006 Continues to research and
paint historical New Zealand themes -
figures in our landscapes and environment as well as other
2006 Chosen to be published in
the popular book 'New Zealand's Favourite Artists'
2007 Chosen for the esteemed
Vero Calender and published alongside
artists such as Don Binney, Ralph Hotere, Rita Angus and Colin McCahon.
2008 Exhibition Lightly on the
Land at Zohar Gallery Mount Maunganui New Zealand
2009 Works mostly on
2010 Exhibited work in the
Braveheart Exhibition curated by Liz Caughey
2010 Group exhibition Fisher
Brown Gallery Tauranga.
2010 Commissioned by
Foodstuffs NZ® to paint commemorative work for the Nga Potiki Iwi,
2010 Releases book Bryce Brown
Paintings 2005 - 2010
2011 Group exhibition Bryce
Brown, Dalene Meiring and Matt Guild. North at The Artists Room
2012 Solo exhibition Creative
2012 Winner merit award Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award
2014 Works on small works.
Lives and paints in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
2016 Touring North Island New Zealand galleries, gaining inspiration.
Builds new studio on family orchard and continues to make new work
2017 Working on a new series for 2018 exhibition
About the work
On his distinctive earthy
figurative style, Bryce says “I like to
explore positive human emotion and activity through my paintings. I’m
always drawn to large scale boldness and always accentuate form as well
as the balance of positive/negative space and masculine/feminine
elements. The use of the human form in my work is vital and it's rare
that I'll make a painting without the use of the figure.
My paintings are created to
accentuate the positive aspects of life and
to take the viewer to a place of calm, where they can delight in the
everyday things that pertain to our visceral and spiritual, rather than
modernist influence mixed
with New Zealand culture is evident in
my paintings and gives them a truly unique,
international flavour. Aesthetics is always high on the agenda, I paint
to please the eye and draw the viewer in. As well as symbolism,
meaning, making statements, I think art should always be about beauty."
Bryce works at his studio near
Pukehina Beach in the Bay of Plenty New Zealand.
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My work is all acrylic painted on museum quality 10 oz. cotton duck, or prepared board.
I finish the paintings with an
isolation coat (acrylic gel) which keeps
it separate from the solvent based varnish that I then apply. This
gives a great finish which is highly UV resistant, helps eliminate
scuffing and can be removed (back to the isolation coat) for future
Large paintings are on
3 cm deep stretcher bars. I frame a lot of my work with a 4 x 18 cm white, wood frame.
Smaller works are typically on a prepared board, framed on a floating mount.
Please ask if you'd like to know more about materials, framing, cleaning and restoration of my paintings.