Born in England in 1952, Justin Boroughs studied at the Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland, under Gretchen Albrecht, Don Binney and photographer John B Turner. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1975. Boroughs began teaching art in Auckland in 1981 and is currently teaching Senior Painting at Auckland Grammar School.
Boroughs is highly renowned as a realist landscape painter. The landscapes he paints are familiar, however, they always present a point of difference from reality. Boroughs’ works portray a heightened reality which he achieves through the use of intense colour, the effect of light and the manipulation of the subject matter.
Boroughs’ hand is highly evident in his paintings, through his tight brush work and careful application of paint. His work is frequently likened to the work of contemporary realist painters Graeme Sydney and Sir Peter Siddell. The realist style portrayed in Borough’s landscapes follow in the tradition of realism, developed in New Zealand by artists such as Christopher Heaphy and Rita Angus.
Boroughs’ paintings are held in major public and corporate collections, including the Manawatu Art Gallery, Telecom New Zealand and Fletcher Challenge and also in private collections throughout New Zealand, Australia, the United States & United Kingdom.