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Title

Mirrors and scissors

1966


Artist

John Brack

Australia

1920 - 11 Feb 1999


About

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


Details


Other Title

Scissors [Crossley Gallery 1967]


Date

1966


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching, black ink on ivory wove paper


Edition

18/50


Dimensions

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".


Credit

Purchased 1967


Location

Not on display


Accession number

DA3.1967


Artist information

John Brack

Works in the collection

36


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


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