(Australia 1920 – 11 Feb 1999)
Mirrors and scissors
- Other titles:
- Scissors [Crossley Gallery 1967]
- Lowy, Gonski Gallery
- Further information
John Brack was born in Melbourne and studied at evening drawing classes with Charles Wheeler at the National Gallery School, Melbourne from 1938-40 and again, following the war, full-time from 1946-49 where he studied with William Dargie. In 1950-52 he was an assistant at the Print Room of the National Gallery of Victoria, where he became well acquainted with the collection. He was Head of the National Gallery School 1962-68.
Brack first made prints in 1954, experimenting with etching and drypoint at Swinburne Technical College, Melbourne. In 1963 he began a series of paintings, the so-called 'surgical series', which features images of artificial limbs, surgical tools and related objects, inspired by commercial displays of a Melbourne surgical supplier. Brack made four etchings based on this theme in 1966 including 'Mirrors and scissors'.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, 1998
- etching, black ink on ivory wove paper
- 33.0 x 45.0 cm platemark; 38.5 x 56.8 cm sheet
- Signature & date
- Signed and dated l.r., pencil "John Brack 66".
- Purchased 1967
- Accession number
- © Helen Brack