Rock Pools, Ormiston Gorge

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John Borrack is a maverick, free thinker and master craftsman. Best known for his lyrically structured paintings, Borrack’s sensitive interpretation of the Australian landscape balances the needs of technique and theory with clarity of emotional expression.

While working predominantly in watercolour and gouache, over recent years, he has exhibited his oil paintings more frequently revealing an effortless ability to move from one medium to the other. Represented in numerous collections including National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, regional galleries, municipal councils, universities and leading corporate collections. Rock Pools, Ormiston Gorge was part of the exhibition "John Borrack: Selected Paintings and Drawings1970-2102" which exhibited at the Bundoora Homestead Arts Centre in 2012. The retrospective captured the haunting, evocative quality of Borrack’s work spanning the last four decades.

Outback, Preston

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Senior’s artwork interrogates the themes of suburbia, industry and human influence over the landscape. His practice investigates the literal landscape with attention to the reduction of features achieved through colour blocking, architectural volumes and geometry to describe the human-intervened landscape. Influenced by artists such as Richard Estes (United States b.1932), Charles Sheeler (United States 1883-1965) and Jeffrey Smart (Australia 1921-2013), his work is evocative and contemplative, filled with intricate detail and informed by a passion for finding beauty in the built landscape.

Outback, Preston © Ken Senior

Living History [Bundoora Homestead]

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In Living History [Bundoora Homestead], Ju Yuen Merran Chew fluidly captures the fleeting nature of time and movement through perceptual drawing. Her ethereal depiction of the ground floor interior of Bundoora Homestead involves the layering of images to create a space where the different qualities of textures and patterns intersect; each component changing another by its presence.

Ju-Yuen Merran Chew’s art practice is concentrated primarily around drawing. She is attracted to the visual qualities of translucency, multiplicity and complex or interconnected structures. Her interests include exploring visual perception and tactile response, subjective visual experiences, memory and drawing, and drawing and creativity. Chew has exhibited in group exhibitions and art prizes around Victoria since receiving the Zurich Australia Scholarship (Visual Arts) in 2002. She was a winner of the Darebin Art ShowLiving History [Bundoora Homestead] © Ju-Yuen Merran Chew