Taupo Quay Door

Neville Mawhinney, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in Whanganui, Whanganui Region, New Zealand in 1982.
About the Work
Originally from Dunedin, Mawhinney moved to Wanganui in the 1960s where he worked as the manager of Smith and Smith and in his spare time he explored his passion for painting. He had a great love of Italy and Italian painting and was influenced by modernist painters of the 1920s and 1930s. This blending of influences can be seen in his use of the Renaissance painting technique of egg tempura, pigment mixed with egg yolk, with Surrealist inspired scenes.

“As a painter I am drawn to images that originate beyond the boundaries of this country. Time spent in Italy has given me the imagination to produce works that strive for a sense of mystery, similar to that achieved by the great Italian metaphysical painter Georgio de Chirico.”
Image: 670 x 546mm
egg tempera on hardboard
Image of a partially opened door. The door is wooden slats, over the doorway are the letters WBO. There is a step up to the doorway. The image is in browns and creams.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1983.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
Mar 1983


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