BIOGRAPHY John Scurry was born in 1947 in Melbourne, Victoria. He studied at the Prahran College of Advanced Education, graduating with a Diploma of Art and Design in 1969. In 1971 he gained a Trained Tertiary Certificate from Hawthorn Institute of Education. From 1973 to 1976 Scurry worked as a Full time Senior Tutor in the Printmaking Department of the Preston Institute of Technology, going on to become the Acting Head of the Department in 1976. Working as a Lecturer in the Drawing Department of Prahran College of Advanced Education he then became a Lecturer in Printmaking from 1977 to 1978. In 1979 he began teaching as Full time Lecturer in Printmaking at the Victoria College of the Arts, where in the following years he was Senior Lecturer in Charge of Printmaking in the Faculty of Art and Design (1982-1991, Head of Printmaking School of Art (1991-2003) and Senior Lecturer (2003-2007) before retiring to focus his time on his own work.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2009 MARS Gallery, Melbourne 2007 MARS Gallery, Melbourne 2003 Joshua McClelland Print Room, Melbourne 2001 Joshua McClelland Print Room, Melbourne 2000 Axia Modern Art, Melbourne 1995 Australian Galleries, Melbourne 1992 Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne 1990 Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne 1986 Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne 1984 Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne 1983 Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne 1981 Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne 1975 Stuart Gerstman Gallery, Melbourne
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2009 Seventh Drawing Biennale: The Drill Hall Gallery A.N.U. 2008 Dobell Prize for Drawing: AGNSW 2008 ‘Its Love’: Melbourne Art Rooms: Victoria 2007 ‘Snap Freeze, Still Life Now’: Tarra Warra Museum of Art, Victoria 2006 One Square Foot: Melbourne Art Rooms Group Show, Victoria 2003 Dobell Prize for Drawing 2003 Savage Art Prize: Melbourne 2001 Fremantle Print Prize: Fremantle, W.A. 2001 ‘Desire’: RMIT Gallery, Storey Hall, Melbourne 2001 Savage Art Prize: Melbourne 2001 Melbourne International Art Fair: Melbourne 2001 School of Botany, University of Melbourne, Invitational Group Exhibition: Victoria 2000 ‘Spring Festival of Drawing’: Mornington Peninsula Art Centre, Victoria 1999 ‘The Real Thing’: Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Victoria 1997 ‘Spring Festival of Drawing’: Mornington Peninsula Art Centre 1997 Invitational Group Exhibition: School of Botany, University of Melbourne, Victoria 1994 'Unpeeled Art': Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Victoria 1994 “The Face of Hope”, Exhibition and Auction for Amnesty International, Art Gallery of NSW 1994 Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes: Regional Tour of selected works, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill Art Gallery, Tamworth City Gallery, Australia 1994 The Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales 1993 The Art of Jazz: Montsalvat Jazz Festival, Montsalvat, Victoria 1993 ‘Arrangement, Australian Still Life 1973 – 1993’: Museum of Modern Art, Heide. Victoria 1993 The Dobell Drawing Award, Art Gallery of N.S.W. 1992 ‘Marvellous Melbourne’: Powell St. Gallery, Melbourne 1992 ACTA Maritime Award (Finalist), Westpac Gallery (Travelling) 1991 ‘The Horizon Expanded’, Powell St. Gallery, Melbourne 1991 "Something To Do With The Sea": Powell St. Gallery, Melbourne 1990 ‘It All Starts From Here’: Powell St. Gallery, Melbourne 1989 ‘The Gouache Show’ - Three person show: Powell St. Graphics, Melbourne 1988 Hamilton Ansett Awards: Victoria 1988 "Interior Motives" Mitchelton Print Exhibition: Westpac Gallery, Melbourne 1988 “New Work": Powell St. Gallery, Melbourne 1986 'Melbourne Printmakers': Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney and Regional Tour 1986 'Aberdare Prize’: Ipswich Art Gallery, Queensland 1985 'New York': Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne 1984 'Still Life and the Interior': Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne 1983 'Faces and Figures Drawn from Life': Heide Park and Art Gallery, Melbourne 1982 Inaugural Print Show: Powell Street Graphics, Melbourne 1982 'Some Melbourne Printmakers': Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne 1981 'Preston to Phillip - Ten Years of Art Education’: Reconnaissance Gallery, Melbourne 1981 McCaughey Prize Exhibition: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 1981 Winter Exhibition: Victor Mace Gallery, Brisbane 1981 Capital Permanent Invitation Art Board, Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria 1981 'Aspects of Realism': National Gallery of Victoria 1980 Group Exhibition Prints: McClelland Gallery, Langwarrin 1980 Group Exhibition Axiom Gallery Premiere, Melbourne 1980 Wynne and Sulman Prize Exhibitions: Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney 1980 Group Show: Macquarie Galleries, Sydney 1979 Trustees Purchase Prize Exhibition: Art Gallery of Queensland, Brisbane 1979 Three-Man Exhibition: Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne, Group Exhibition: Macquarie Galleries, Sydney 1979 Spring Festival of Drawing: Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery 1979 Drawing Group Exhibition: Macquarie Galleries, Sydney 1979/80 'Still Life Still Lives', The Glenfiddich Exhibition: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Regionals 1977 Staff Show, Prahran College of Advanced Education Gallery 1976 'East Coast Drawing': Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane 1976 'The Contemporary Nude': Stuart Gerstman Gallery, Melbourne 1976 'Women in Art': Western Australia Institute of Technology 1973 '3 + 3 + 3 + 1' Group Show: Chapman Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne 1969 Three-Man Exhibition: Gallery 99, Melbourne
COLLECTIONS A.N.Z. Bank Art Bank Australia Club Ballarat Fine Art Gallery Bendigo Art Gallery Canberra School of Arts Castlemaine Art Gallery Deakin University Devonport Art Gallery and Museum Geelong Art Gallery Melbourne University Mitchell Endowment, National Gallery, Melbourne National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Newcastle Art Gallery Print Council of Australia, Melbourne Shell Australia Collection University of Vilnius, Lithuania University of Western Australia Victoria College, Burwood Victorian College of the Arts Western Mining Corporation Art Gallery of New South Wales COMMISSIONS Portrait of Prof. J Hurley, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, 1991 Commission for John Bourne and Associates 1988 Portrait of Mr Maxwell Hooper, Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education 1986 Portrait of Bishop of Canberra, Anglican Archdiocese, Canberra 1984 Portrait of Merrimee Family, French Embassy, Canberra 1983 Portrait of John Nathan, College of Optometry, Melbourne University 1980 Print Council of Australia 1979 Portrait of Sir Douglas Menzies, Monash University 1979 Portrait of Emeritus Professor, H. Atkinson, Dental School, Melbourne University 1978