In what many believe to be the genteel world of landscape painting John Borrack is something of a maverick, a man who has dedicated the last sixty years of his life to the pursuit of a pure, spiritual expression.
His is no ordinary vision. His work does not sit readily alongside the contemporary abstract expressionists and it is clearly too avant-garde for those who seek nostalgic and literal representation.
Working predominantly in watercolour and gouache he has balanced the needs of technique and theory with a clarity of emotional expression that borders on an obsession with communicating the spiritual experience of his reactions to the landscape as he sees and feels it.
His works capture an immediate sense of their unique locales. They freeze in time fleeting moments as light plays on forms and texture. They are vibrant, atmospheric and iconic images that speak of a supreme nature, often wild and untainted by the hand of man. They isolate a totality of experience that goes well beyond the given facts presented by a literal view of the scene.
John Borrack is a single-minded free thinker, a master colourist and master craftsman. He is unarguably one of the finest contemporary landscape artists working in Australia today.