Gordon H. Brown has occupied many varying roles in the New Zealand art scene: curator, art historian, collector, donor, documenter, academic, university lecturer, writer, and artist.
From 1960 – 1977, Brown worked in art galleries and libraries around New Zea- land. Since then, he has worked as a freelance contemporary arts writer, contrib- uting to various magazines, periodicals and gallery publications on numerous topics. He has published several important books on New Zealand art and has received many awards, including a distinguished OBE for services to art history.
Gordon H. Brown as an artist exhibited with several dealer galleries during
the 1960s. He has been included in major surveys of contemporary New Zealand painting at the Auckland Art Gallery. He has documented over five
generations on film and the changes that have occurred as our country has matured into the 21st century. Brown’s eye for striking compositions and his
use of dramatic cropping has cemented him as an uncovered treasure in New Zealand’s art historical canon.
In 2002, Victoria University established the Gordon H. Brown Lecture Series to further art historical scholarship in New Zealand and to honor Brown’s achieve- ments.