Mark Braunias / Artist / Profile


Mark Braunias. Born in Tauranga. Lives and works in Auckland and Kawhia, New Zealand. Studied at the Canterbury School of Fine Arts in Christchurch, graduating with a BFA in 1987.

The inaugural winner of the James Wallace Art Award in 1992, Braunias has regular solo exhibitions and appeared in public gallery exhibitions including A very peculiar practice (City Gallery, Wellington, 1995), Gruesome (Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch, 1999) and The Cartoon Show at the Auckland Art Gallery in 2001.

He has completed Artist-in-Residence programmes at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in 2002, Southland Museum and Art Gallery, 2005 and the Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui, 2007. His work is held in public, corporate and private collections in New Zealand and overseas.

In 2010 Braunias was awarded a Fulbright/Wallace scholarship to take up a Residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

In 2015 Braunias published a limited edition (100) drawing book titled “Encyclo - Dimensional”. The writings and drawings are the culmination of a project from his time as an artist in residence at Headlands in San Francisco during 2011.

During 2016 The TBS Bank Wallace Arts Centre held a survey show of Mark Braunias’ work from the collection covering the period 1989 -2016. The exhibition culminated with an on-site wall painting completed in the Ballroom of Pah House.

Selected Solo Exhibition
2017 Doofus, Ashburton Art Gallery, Ashburton.
2016 Field Of Vision, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Auckland.
The Dog’s Art Breakfeast, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland.
2015 Fuddy Duddy Cool, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington.
Herbert Goon, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland.
Anti-Groovy, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch.
2014 Welcome to Gankland, PaulNache Gallery, Gisborne.
2013 Encyclo Dimensional, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland.
Old School, Ilam Campus Gallery, Canterbury University, Christchurch.
2012 SPACEDOUT, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch.
Men on Mars / Plan 9.5 From Outer Space, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington.
2011 'Open Studio' Headlands Centre for the Arts, Sausalito, U.S.A.
Pants on Pants off, Paul Nache Gallery, Gisborne.
Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland.
2010 Childrens' Charter, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch.
2009 A message from Planet Zonked, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch.
The Periodic Table, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington.
2008 Recent Work, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland.
London Town, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui.
2007 Congo Sly-Grogger, Ashburton Public Art Gallery, Asburton.
No more Gurus, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch.
Visual Bank, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga.
2006 Congo Sly-Grogger, Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Invercargill.
World Gone Worly, Rm 103, Auckland.
The Shrink, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington.
Uncle Albert, Ramp Gallery, Hamilton.
2005 Recent Work, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch.
2004 My new Art god, Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland.
Rats and Lemons, Big Wall project, Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
2003 A day in my life, Peter Mcleavey Gallery , Wellington.
Recent Work, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch.
2002 First-Time Caller, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin.
2001 Good Shit, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch.
Soft, Peter Mcleavey Gallery, Wellington.
1999 The Dibbloes, Peter Mcleavey Gallery, Wellington.
1998 Mumsy, Gregory Flint Gallery, Auckland.
1997 Gank, Peter Mcleavey Gallery, Wellington.
1997 Fagas, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch.
1996 New Work, Gregory Flint Gallery, Auckland.
1995 Recent Paintings, - Gregory Flint Gallery, Auckland.
Gash Stock, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch.
Paintings, Peter Mcleavey Gallery, Wellington.
1994 New Work, Gregory Flint Gallery, Auckland.
Young Anzacs, Jonathan Jensen Gallery, Christchurch.
1993 Praha, Jonathan Jensen Gallery, Christchurch.
1992 Debutantes, Artis Gallery, Auckland.
1991 Praha, Malostanska Bedesa, Prague, Czech Republic.
1990 Emblems of Identity, Last Decade Gallery, Wellington.
Emblems of Identity, Star Art Gallery, Auckland. Works on paper, Jonathan Jensen Gallery, Christchurch.
1989 Black Paintings, Jonathan Jensen Gallery, Christchurch.
1988 Paintings, Jonathan Jensen Gallery, Christchurch.
Selected Group Exhibition
2016 Katharsis, University of Waikato, Hamilton.
Auckland Art Fair, Bath Street Gallery Stand, Auckland.
2015 Sydney Contemporary, Bath Street Gallery stand, Australia.
Art Central Hong Kong, In association with Bath Street Gallery, Hong Kong.
2014 The Archivists, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui.
Assault on Art Precinct 13, RAMP Gallery, Wintec, Hamilton.
Midwinter Monochrome, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland.
Who Said That?, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington.
Burster Flipper Wobbler Dripper, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch.
2013 Blue Guts, Auckland Film Archive, Collaboration with Jill Kennedy, Auckland.
Rutherford Art Trust Collection, Pah House, Wallace Trust, Auckland.
2012 Anti-War, Anti-orgasm, Light and Space Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines.
2011 What I did last summer, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington.
2010 Pretty Vacant, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin.
Colour, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui.
19th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2010, Pah House, Auckland. The New Dowse, Wellington
2009 Auckland Art Fair, Bath Street Gallery, Auckland.
Gifted, Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga.
Nicht so Schlim, High Street Project, Christchurch.
Marsupial@Newcall: If only…, Newcall Gallery, Auckland.
Negatives, Paul Nache Gallery, Gisbourne.
What we do here, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington.
2007 Tylee Cottage 21 years, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui.
2006 Policy Decals for New Habits, High Street Project, Christchurch.
2005 Mark Braunias & Peter Robinson on paper, Peter Mcleavey Gallery, Wellington.
Heavy Breathers, Show, Wellington.
2004 Recent Acquisitions, Christchurch City Art Gallery, Christchurch.
True Love, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin.
2001 Adrift, Conical Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne.
The Cartoon Show, Artists Project, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland.
2000 Collectors Choice, - Te Papa, Wellington.
1998 The Photograph, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington.
Gruesome, McDougall Art Annex, Christchurch.
1996 Aftermath, McDougall Art Annex, Christchurch.
ECNZ Live, Wellington City Gallery, Wellington.
1995 A very Peculiar Practice, City Gallery, Wellington.
1994 Painters, Gregory Flint Gallery, Auckland.
Braunias, Nielsen, Dunning, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington.
1993 New Zealand Art Seen, Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North.
1992 James Wallace Art Award, Wallace Trust, Auckland.
1991 Critics Choice, Artis Gallery, Auckland.
1990 Situation and Style, Jonathan Jensen Gallery, Christchurch.
1987 Young Contemporaries, C.S.A Gallery, Christchurch.
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