Born in Wellington in 1931, Gordon H. Brown has made a rich contribution to the New Zealand cultural heritage. He brought an international perspective to antipodean New Zealand. Gratuated in Fine Arts from Canterbury School of Art in 1956, Gordon H. Brown felt little enthusiasm for a curriculum that during the 1950's, focused on still life, landscape and antiquity drawing. Gordon H. Brown's quest for knowledge outside the insularity of then New Zealand society began when he discovered the world of Modernism through a book he came across in Roy Parsons bookshop in Wellington in 1949. Gordon H. Brown has moved between various roles in the New Zealand art scene: curator, art historian, collector, donor, documenter, academic, university lecturer and writer.