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Title

Mirrors and scissors

1966

Artist

John Brack

Australia

1920 – 11 Feb 1999

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  • 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
    Copyright
    © Helen Brack

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    John Brack

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    Works in the collection

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  • 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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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