John Brack Printmaking Artist

John brack

John Brack (10 May 1920 - 11 February 1999 in South Melbourne, Victoria) was an Australian painter, and a member of the Antipodeans group. John Brack was Art Master at Melbourne Grammar School (1952–62). His art first achieved prominence in the 1950s. He also joined the Antipodeans Group in the 1950s which protested against abstract expressionism. He was appointed Head of National Gallery of Victoria Art School (1962–68), where he was an influence on many artists and the creation of the expanded school attached to the new gallery building. Brack's early conventional style evolved into one of simplified, almost stark, shapes and areas of deliberately drab colour, often featuring large areas of brown. He made an initial mark in the 1950s with works on the contemporary Australian culture, such as the iconic Collins St., 5 pm (1955), a view of rush hour in post-war Melbourne. Set in a bleak palette of browns and greys, it was a comment on the conformity of everyday life, with all figures looking almost identical.

Personal details

Date of birth
May 10th, 1920
Date of death
February 11th, 1999 at age of 78
Place of death
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Places lived
South Melbourne , Australia
Melbourne , Australia
pop. 4,077,036 (2010)

Art forms 3

Form Contemporaries
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1.The Car

Begun Completed Art form Art period Subjects Supported by Medium Owners
Oil paint


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