Justin Boroughs studied painting at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University 1971 – 1975, graduating with Bachelor of Fine Arts. Tutors included Gretchen Albrecht, Don Binney and John B. Turner. 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 recognisable, but heightened a use of intense colour, altering the effects of light, and manipulating the subject matter to create an amplified reality.
He possesses a deeply attuned eye for the regionalist dialogues of differing landscapes and buildings. His paintings resonate as much because of his exclusions as his inclusions; and in this way his work collectively establishes an idealised rhetoric and visual language. Nothing it seems is out of place, even when fiction.
Boroughs’ work is frequently likened to the artworks of the realist New Zealand painters Grahame Sydney and Sir Peter Siddell. His realist depiction of localised landscapes also link his work to the tradition of realism which was developed in New Zealand by artists such as Christopher Perkins and Rita Angus. Paintings by Boroughs are held in major public and corporate collections.