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Between 1960 and 1977, Gordon H Brown (b.1931) held several positions related to the visual arts in libraries and Art galleries throughout New Zealand, including the Alexander Turnbull and Hocken Libraries, the Auckland City Art Gallery, Waikato Art Gallery and the Sarjeant Gallery.

Gordon describes how the portraits of Colin McCahon came about, "As it is well known, McCahon was never happy when a camera was pointed in his direction. It was an ordeal to be endured as quickly as possible. As there was no time to seek out an ideal background around his Partridge Street house, we simply walked out the back door into the first well-lit area we found, a paved corner of a garden alcove where I took about a dozen photographs in a come-what-may situation. The results turned out better than I had expected."

Speaking of Gordon's works, Gregory O'Brien in The Troubled Midnight and the Noon's Repose writes, "Gordon H. Brown's own artwork seems deliberately removed from any discussion of an indigenous or 'authentic' New Zealand art. The works are ardently internationalist in flavour; alive with references to Joan Miro and Paul Klee."

As an artist Gordon H Brown earned a Diploma in Fine Arts from Canterbury School of Art in 1956 and exhibited with several dealer galleries in the 1960s. He has been included in major surveys of contemporary New Zealand painting at the Auckland City Art Gallery. Since 1977 he has worked as a freelance writer on the visual arts, and has contributed to magazines, periodicals and gallery publications on a wide variety of topics relating to the contemporary New Zealand art scene.

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