John Brown

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John Brown was born in Glen Innes, Auckland in 1971. He studied for a Bachelor of Art & Design (majoring in print making) at Auckland University of Technology and completed his work with a highly successful graduation show. As a result, he was awarded a Postgraduate Fellowship at Auckland University in 1995.In 2004 he received a first class Honours in Visual Arts and went on to complete a Masters in Visual Art programme at the School of Art and Design, Auckland University of Technology.

Brown has exhibited throughout New Zealand and was a founding member of the artist collective Indicator, an artist-run project/studio based in Auckland since 1994. He currently runs the print-making workshops at Auckland University and also assists with curating and exhibition set up at the St Paul Street Gallery.

Brown's work reflects both the techniques and influences of his design and printmaking background. Through the use of multiple types of media and the juxtaposition of various stylised forms derived from digital, design or pop culture imagery, he creates work that is conspicuously sharp, clean and modern: abstract yet informal.

He has a large following amongst the design conscious and his work has been extensively featured in magazines as diverse as 'Home and Entertaining', Pavement and NBR. A recent finalist in the MazdaArt Awards, Waikato Art Awards and the James Wallace Trust Awards, Brown's work has been captivating audiences in solo and group shows in Auckland and Shanghai.

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