John BRACK, Strapper and horse. Enlarge 1 /1


East Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia 1920 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1999

Strapper and horse. 1956 Place made: Swinburne Technical College, John Street, Hawthorn RMIT, Melbourne Melbourne, Victoria Victoria, Australia Australia
Creation Notes: 1958, printed
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper drypoint, printed in black ink, from one copper plate Support: Kent paper
Edition State: published state
Impression: 6/21
Edition: edition of 17? on wove paper printed by Fred Williams 1958; edition of 21 on Kent paper

Primary Insc: Signed and dated lower right below plate-mark in black pencil, 'John Brack 56'. Inscribed lower left below plate-mark in black pencil, '6/21'.
Dimensions: plate-mark 17.4 h x 27.4 w cm sheet 25.0 h x 35.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1977
Accession No: NGA 77.729
Image rights: © Helen Brack
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from the artist, Melbourne, November 1977.

John Brack began his racehorse series, not through a passion for the horses, but as a study of a particular way of life. Brack was fascinated by the highly ritualised activities of the racecourse, and the intense seriousness with which punters and participants went about their sport.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra