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Justin Boroughs

On Display in Jonathan Grant Gallery
280 Parnell Rd

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, with a heightened 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.


2015 – Lux Romantica, ARTIS Gallery Auckland
2013 – First Light, ARTIS Gallery Auckland

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020 – Auckland Landscapes, Jonathan Grant Gallery, Auckland
2015 – Lux Romantica, ARTIS Gallery, Auckland
2013 – First Light, ARTIS Gallery, Auckland
2012 – Away to the South, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington
Light, Milford Galleries, Queenstown
2011 – Recent Paintings, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington
2010 – Auckland – Taranaki – Lake Dunstan, John Leech Gallery, Auckland
2009 – Landscapes, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington
2008 – Recent Paintings, John Leech Gallery, Auckland
2007 – Recent Paintings, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington
2006 – Recent Paintings, John Leech Gallery, Auckland
2004 – Wellington, Tinakori Gallery, Wellington
Recent Painting, John Leech Gallery, Auckland
2002 – Late Light, John Leech Gallery, Auckland
Recent Wellington Landscapes, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington
2001 – Land Marks, John Leech Gallery, Auckland
2000 – Wellington Landscapes, Tinakori Gallery, Wellington
1999 – Recent Paintings, John Leech Gallery, Auckland
1998 – Wellington Landscapes, Tinakori Gallery, Wellington
1997 – Auckland Foreshore, John Leech Gallery, Auckland
1996 – Christchurch Landscapes, Dobson Bashford Gallery, Christchurch
1995 – Auckland Cityscapes, John Leech Gallery, Auckland
1993 – Places Remembered, Dobson Bashford Gallery, Christchurch
1992 – Auckland Panoramas, John Leech Gallery, Auckland
1991 – Romantic Landscapes, John Leech Gallery, Auckland

Public Collections

Manawatu Art Gallery
Auckland City Art Gallery
The Fletcher Collection
The Kelliher Collection