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
Scissors [Crossley Gallery 1967]
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".
Not on display
© Helen Brack
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Acquisitions 1967, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Mar 1968–01 Apr 1968
Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999
Still life, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jul 2013–23 Apr 2014
Referenced in 3 publications
Sasha Grishin AM, The art of John Brack - Volume 2, Australia, 1990, 76, 256 (illus.). cat. no. pr 13c
Ursula Hoff., John Brack: a retrospective exhibition, ' Works on paper', Melbourne, 1987, 91. study for 'Mirror and scissors' p.100 (illus.)
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 111 (illus.). cat. no. 92