Mark Braunias
Collection: Wallace Paramount Awards

Winner of the 1992 Paramount Award
Oil, wax, enamel on canvas
Collection of the James Wallace Arts Trust

Mark Braunias (b. 1955)

Renowned New Zealand painter Mark Braunias has work in major public and private collections throughout New Zealand. ’Braunias's work comments on nostalgic notions of New Zealand's national identity and has developed into an investigation of the social fabric on a more universal level. The artist maps the nation's funny bone, incorporating language, vibrant colour and imagery to define a distinctive grass roots humour in the substrata of New Zealand culture. Radio talkback, pop idols, café culture and internet chat-rooms, early comics and cartoons, boxing magazines, record covers and music magazines are all referenced in his work. Through a single-minded exploration of form and line, Braunias has developed an extensive repertoire of distinctive forms, some cartoon-like, some abstract, which he documents in journals at an almost infectious rate. The imagery in these journals are revisited and reworked, creating a finely tuned and highly fertile oeuvre.’(1)


(1) Courtesy of Ferner Galleries