John Borrack

J o h n   B o r r a c k

Tidal River, Bermagui. N.S.W.

Lonely corners of Australia inspire an overwhelming sensation of space and distance. These places provide me with both a spiritual experience and the starting points for painting. My perceptions, which I try to imbue with a painterly structure, are for me a celebration of the natural world.

My lifelong interest has been to reconcile the deceptive atmospheric mood qualities, distances, colour and light on landmasses with a sense of form.

The intrinsic qualities of the medium an artist chooses to express his inner world, and his sensations of what moves him, are of paramount importance. Watercolour’s unparalleled qualities of transparency, flow and potential for directness have made it a major medium for me. The importance of a renewal with nature by working en plein air provides me with a basis for larger and less topographical interpretations in the studio.

John Borrack graduated from Melbourne Teachers’ College and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a Fellowship Diploma of Fine Art (Painting and Drawing) in 1972. He lectured in Painting and Drawing at Melbourne State College (University of Melbourne) from 1969 to 1982 when he resigned to paint full-time at Mernda, on the northern fringe of Melbourne.

He studied and painted in France, Spain, the United Kingdom and Italy (1964, 1975, 1982, 1999) and in the United States (1993, 1995), as well as painting extensively throughout Australia.

Since 1958, Borrack has had more than 60 solo exhibitions at major commercial galleries throughout Australia, as well as 9 Victorian Regional Galleries, including Retrospective Exhibitions at Benalla Art Gallery, City of Whittlesea Art Gallery, Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum in 2012 and Bundoora Homestead Art Centre in 2012-2013. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions in Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong and the United States.

Among his 20 awards for watercolour are three Camberwell Rotary Prizes and the Geelong Gallery’s F.E. Richardson Prize.

He is represented in public, corporate and private collections in Australia and overseas, including theNational Gallery of Victoria; Queensland Art Gallery; Darwin Maritime Museum and Art Gallery and in the Regional Galleries of Benalla, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Geelong, Hamilton, Horsham, Rockhampton, Gippsland at Sale, Swan Hill and Warrnambool.

A member of Australian Watercolour Institute since 1989, John Borrack lives and works in Mernda, Victoria.

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