John Brack

1920 - 1999 Dressing 1957
  • oil on canvas
40.5 cm x 90.5 cm

John Brack is one of Australia's most celebrated artists. Widely acknowledged as a 'painter's painter', Brack holds a singular place in Australian art for his austere yet highly refined, almost clinical compositions.

Meticulously painted, his compelling images sit between representation and abstraction, often looking at the human figure as one of a number of elements in a formal composition, rather than as the principal focus.

In Dressing, Brack works with an acerbic palette of yellows and greens - colours not normally associated with depictions of the human body. Yet while considering the body as an object in an wider arrangement of forms, Brack nonetheless brings delicacy and nuance to his depiction of flesh and the female form.



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John Brack 1920 - 1999 From A to Z
  • watercolour, pen and ink on paper
78.5 cm x 71.5 cm

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