London Town

Mark Braunias, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in Whanganui City, Whanganui Region, New Zealand in 2008.
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About the Work
Every kid who grew up in Whanganui in the 1970s and 1980s knew London Town. The only place with an escalator; it was our biggest department store. It was always exciting to go there. Mark Braunias captures that excitement with his incredible painting which could be the flag of Whanganui if it was made into canvas.
Hamish McDouall, Mayor of Whanganui, for the My Choice exhibition
h 1500 x w 2105 x d 40 mm
ink and acrylic on canvas
A collision of concrete cartoon characters and the collaged images from adverts came together in a series of work books and drawings, transforming the black and white universe of the microfiche from static to ecstatic. A motley crew of characters collide in – to paraphrase the artist - an elegant, stupid, anti-composition in the gallery space. Like entering a bilious, scruffy and spluttering Disney animation, this installation is the reunion of a cast from the past of figures that have been knocking about in Mark Braunias’s head space since his time at Tylee Cottage, from March to May of 2007.
- Braunias catalogue
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 2009.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
Apr 2009



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