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Two Tea Cups John Bokor John Bokor - Two Tea Cups
Two Tea Cups 2023
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Two Tea Cups2023
oil on board
25 x 30 cm
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Gin Bottle and Sugar Bowl John Bokor John Bokor - Gin Bottle and Sugar Bowl
Gin Bottle and Sugar Bowl 2023
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Gin Bottle and Sugar Bowl2023
carbon pencil, wash and oil on paper
25 x 20 cm
42 x 36 cm framed 
$880  ENQUIRE
Breakfast Roses John Bokor John Bokor - Breakfast Roses
Breakfast Roses 2022
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Breakfast Roses2022
oil on board
120 x 100 cm
$9,900  ENQUIRE
Coffee And Books John Bokor John Bokor - Coffee And Books
Coffee And Books 2019
Coffee And BooksJohn BokorCoffee And Books
Coffee And Books2019
oil on canvas
50 x 60 cm
$5,200  ENQUIRE
Cat and Oranges John Bokor John Bokor - Cat and Oranges
Cat and Oranges 2022
Cat and OrangesJohn BokorCat and Oranges
Cat and Oranges2022
oil on canvas
122 x 144 cm
$11,900  ENQUIRE
Long Weekend John Bokor John Bokor - Long Weekend
Long Weekend 2021
Long WeekendJohn BokorLong Weekend
Long Weekend2021
oil on board
60 x 70 cm
$5,900  ENQUIRE
On The Table John Bokor John Bokor - On The Table
On The Table 2018
On The TableJohn BokorOn The Table
On The Table2018
oil on canvas
80 x 80 cm
$7,200  ENQUIRE
John Bokor

Despite the instant familiarity of his subjects, realism is not an easy fit in John Bokor’s work – he finds it too constricting, too frustrating, too beige. Instead, he cherry picks from his experiences and influences to create scenes that are inspired by real life, but not beholden to it. If something isn’t working, he allows himself the freedom to scrape it all away and start over, adding, subtracting, and rebuilding elements until something fantastical but emotionally authentic emerges. What he’s creating in these narratives is an interpretation of the world more attuned to the human experience, with all the overlapping memories, converging viewpoints and imperfect realities we encounter. By highlighting rather than obscuring earlier layers of mark-making, he underlines the history of trial and error inherent to each work. In this, he captures humanity once again. For we too exist as layers – of mistakes, imperfections and successes, and the traces of the personal histories that have formed us.

John Bokor is a graduate of the National Art School, Sydney. Winner of the Muswellbrook Art Prize Drawing Section (2016), the Kings School Art Prize (2016, 2015), the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (2013) and the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize (2012), he is a multiple-time finalist in nationally-recognised art prizes such as: the Muswellbrook Art Award (2020, 2019, 2015); Sir John Sulman Prize (2019); Eutick Memorial Still Life Prize (2019, 2014, 2013, 2012); Tattersall’s Landscape Art Prize (2019, 2018, 2017); National Still Life Prize (2019); Keduma Drawing Prize (2018, 2016, 2014); Mosman Art Prize (2018, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2010); Paddington Art Prize (2017, 2014); Rick Amor Drawing Prize (2016, 2014, 2012); Fishers Ghost Art Award (2014, 2013); Calleen Art Prize (2014); and the Fleurieu Landscape Prize (2013). His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia, the USA and Europe, and is held in major public, regional and university art collections.

Carrie McCarthy 2021

  • Born 1973, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Lives and works in Sydney, NSW

EDUCATION

1993

  • Diploma in Painting, National Art School, Sydney

2000

  • Bachelor of Fine Art [conversion course], National Art School

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022

  • 'Domestic Splendour', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane

2021

  • 'A Place Like Home', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane

2020

  • 'New Work', King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

2019

  • 'At My Table', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane

2018

  • 'Interiors', King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

2017

  • 'The Source', Wollongong Gallery, NSW

2016

  • 'Everyday World', King Street Gallery on William, Sydney
  • Artist in Residence exhibition, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW

2015

  • 'Close to Home', King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

2014

  • 'John Bokor', Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW

2013

  • 'The Still Life, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney
  • The Union Club, Sydney

2011

  • 'Black Diamond District', King Street Gallery on William

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

  • 'The New Gallery Show', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane
  • 'A Place to Call Home', Wollongong Gallery, NSW

2018

  • 'The Platform 10', EDWINA CORLETTE, Brisbane

2017

  • GIFC travelling works on paper exhibition-Chart Art Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark, The Hole, NYC, Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo, Norway, 0-0 Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2016

  • 'Baked Goods', University City Arts League, Philadelphia, Pa, USA
  • 'Planting Dreams', State Library of NSW, Sydney
  • 'Just Draw', travelling drawing exhibition, Newcastle Regional Gallery and Bathurst Regional Gallery
  • 'Bokor, Ferguson and McKenzie', Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, NSW

2015

  • 'Just Paper', Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW
  • 'Drawings from Artist in Residence', Amaze The Michael Crouch Gallery, Mitchell Library State Library NSW

2014

  • 'A Landscape of Place and Name', King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

2013

  • 'Last but not Least', King Street Gallery on William, Sydney
  • 'Still Life Exhibition', AGNSW, Sydney
  • 'Looking Forward', King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

2012

  • R'ecent Acquisitions', Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW
  • 'Local, Current', Wollongong City Gallery, NSW

AWARDS

2020

  • Finalist, Muswellbrook Art Award, Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery, NSW

2019

  • Finalist, Eutick Memorial Still Life Prize, Project Contemporary Art Space, Wollongong
  • Finalist, Tattersalls Landscape Art Prize, Tattersalls Club, Brisbane
  • Finalist, National Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW
  • Finalist, Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Finalist, Muswellbrook Art Award, Muswellbrook NSW

2018

  • Finalist, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, PLC Croydon, Sydney, NSW
  • Finalist, Emsla Still Life Award, Project Contemporary Art Space, Wollongong NSW
  • Finalist, Kedumba Drawing Prize, Orange Regional Art Gallery, NSW
  • Finalist, Tattersall’s Landscape Prize Tattersall’s Club, Brisbane, QLD
  • Finalist, The Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney

2017

  • Finalist, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, PLC Croydon, Sydney, NSW
  • Finalist, Tattersalls Landscape Prize, Brisbane, Qld.
  • Finalist, Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney NSW
  • Finalist, Paddington Art Prize, Paddington NSW

2016

  • Winner, Kings School Art Prize The Kings School, Sydney
  • Recipient, State Library NSW Artist in Residence
  • Winner, Muswellbrook Art Prize Drawing Section, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery NSW
  • Finalist, Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Vic
  • Finalist, Kedumba Drawing Award, Orange Regional Gallery, NSW

2015

  • Finalist, Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre NSW
  • Finalist, Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, PLC Gallery Sydney, NSW
  • Finalist, Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery and Museum Sydney
  • Winner, Kings School Art Prize, Kings School Parramatta Sydney

2014

  • South Hill Yellow House Residency Goulburn NSW
  • Finalist, Paddington Art Prize Sydney, NSW
  • Finalist, Fishers Ghost, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW
  • Finalist, Kedumba Drawing Award Orange Regional Gallery, Wild Valley Art Gallery, NSW
  • Finalist, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
  • Finalist, Rick Amor Drawing Prize Ballarat Regional Gallery
  • Finalist, Calleen Art Prize, Cowra Regional Gallery, Cowra, NSW
  • Finalist, Plein Air Prize NSW Parliament House, Sydney
  • Finalist, Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize, MLC, Sydney

2013

  • Winner, Wilson Art Award, Trinity Grammar School Lismore, NSW
  • Winner, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award
  • Finalist, Fleurieu Landscape Prize SA
  • Finalist, Fishers Ghost Art Award Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW
  • Finalist, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW
  • Finalist, The Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
  • Finalist, The Wilson Art Award, Trinity College, Lismore NSW
  • Finalist, Calleen Art Award Cowra Regional Gallery Cowra NSW

2012

  • Winner, NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize NSW Parliament House, Sydney
  • Sponsors Prize Recipient, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour, NSW
  • Finalist, City of Albany Art Prize Albany Town Hall, Albany, W.A
  • Finalist, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing Adelaide Perry Gallery, Sydney
  • Finalist, Rick Amor Drawing Prize Art Gallery of Ballarat, VIC

2011

  • Finalist, Whyalla Art Prize. Middleback Theatre. Whyalla
  • Finalist, NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize NSW Parliament House
  • Finalist, Nora Heysen Centenary Art Prize, Hahndorf, SA

2010

  • Finalist, Mosman Art Prize Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
  • Finalist, Stanthorpe Regional Gallery Art Prize QLD
  • Finalist, En Plein Air Prize NSW Parliament House, Sydney

COLLECTIONS

  • Art Gallery of Ballarat, Vic
  • New South Wales Parliament Art Collection
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • University of Sydney, NSW
  • The Australia Club, NSW
  • University of Wollongong, NSW
  • Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW
  • UBS Warburg, Australia
  • Charles Sturt University Art Collection, NSW
  • Waverley/Woollahra Council
  • Macquarie Bank, Australia
  • Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre
  • Maitland Regional Gallery, NSW
  • State Library NSW
  • Trinity Grammar School, Lismore
  • Wollongong Gallery, NSW

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019

  • A Painted Landscape, by Amber Creswell Bell, Thames & Hudson
  • 10 Works in Focus, Paintings From the Collection, State Library of NSW

2018

  • Fortesque, Elizabeth: 'Rooms with a view', Daily Telegraph, May 24, 2018

2015

  • Fortesque, Elizabeth: Drama in the State Library The Daily Telegraph, March 19
  • Morecroft, Richard & Mackay Alison A Brush with Bulli, Coast Style Spring Issue 51 p57
  • Perkins, Cathy: State Library NSW Autumn P43
  • Hynes Victoria: Close to Home, Art Collector Magazine issue 72 April June p202
  • Johnson Anna, Room with a Viewpoint, H&G Magazine April p88

2013

  • Fortesque, Elizabeth : Energetic influence on still life,The Daily Telegraph

2012

  • Garrard, Ben: ‘Urban Poetry,’ Australian Art Review, Issue 36 Nov-Dec, p28-30
  • Gorton, Renata: ‘Airing his views, somewhat reluctantly,’ The Daily Telegraph, May 10, pM3
  • Beaumont, Julian: The Land and It’s Psyche, Macquarie Collection p36 – 37
  • Allen, Chrisptoher: ‘Drawing’s alchemy spins gold,’ The Australian, Arts, May 2
  • Douglas, Tim: ‘Bokor’s the parliament pick,’ The Australian, Arts, May 10, p16
  • Fitzergerald, Michael: ‘Art Prize,’ Sydney Morning Herald, May 10, p16

2011

  • Jinman, Richard & Fitzgerald, Michael: Sydney Morning Herald
  • Sydney Magazine: ‘The Best of Art’ June 30
  • Magnusson, Tony: ‘The Strokes,’ GQ Magazine, June/July Issue, p34

2010

  • Duncan, Emily: ‘Fresh air provides plenty to paint,’ Wollongong & Northern Leader, May 13, p17

12 June 2024 – 2 July 2024
JOHN BOKOR

7 – 21 December 2023
SMALL WORKS - Click and Collection

26 April 2022 – 14 May 2022
John Bokor ‘Domestic Splendour’

23 November 2021 – 15 December 2021
THE ART OF CHRISTMAS | ONLINE ONLY

18 July 2019 – 7 August 2019
JOHN BOKOR 'At My Table'

26 June 2019 – 17 July 2019
THE NEW GALLERY SHOW — A Group Exhibition

29 August 2018 – 15 September 2018
THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION

September 2, 2023

JOHN BOKOR FINALIST IN THE 2023 MOSMAN ART PRIZE

Congratulations to our artist John Bokor who is a finalists in this year's Mosman Art Prize for his work 'The Flowering Plant'. Exhibition open 23 September in Mosman, Sydney.

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JOHN BOKOR
'The Flowering Plant' 2023
oil on board
140 x 120 cm

March 2, 2021

JOHN BOKOR FINALIST IN THE DOBELL PRIZE FOR DRAWING

John Bokor is a finalist in the Dobell Drawing Prize with this work titled Lounge Room in Spring 2020, charcoal, wash and collage, 84 x 100 cm.

The Dobell Drawing Prize is the leading drawing exhibition in Australia and an unparalleled celebration of drawing innovation. Presented in partnership with the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation (SWDAF), the biennial prize explores the enduring importance of drawing within contemporary art practice.

William Dobell’s love of drawing was recognised in 1993 when the Art Gallery of New South Wales established an annual drawing prize in his name, initiated by the trustees of the SWDAF. For twenty years, the annual Dobell Prize for Drawing encouraged excellence in drawing and draughtsmanship among Australian artists.

July 13, 2019

JOHN BOKOR FINALIST IN THE NATIONAL STILL LIFE AWARD AT COFFS HARBOUR REGIONAL GALLERY

John Bokor's work 'Spring' has been selected as a finalist in the National Still Life Award at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.

Still is a biennial, acquisitive award for artworks in the genre of still life, in all mediums. The award is open to artists at all stages of their careers.

Still: National Still Life Award seeks to highlight the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art practice, broadening the interpretation and meaning of this enduring genre.

The Still exhibition opens on Friday 20th September 2019, with the official opening on Saturday 21st September, and runs until Saturday 16th November 2019. The judge is Rebecca Coates, Director of the Shepparton Art Museum.

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June 17, 2019

JOHN BOKOR FINALIST IN THE MUSWELLBROOK ART PRIZE 2019

The Muswellbrook Art Prize began in 1958 as the Festival of the Valley Art Prize with the winning painting Death of Voss by Tom Gleghorn becoming the inaugural work in what has grown to become an excellent collection of modern and contemporary Australian painting, works on paper and ceramics from the Post War period of the 20th Century and now the first two decades of the 21st Century. The Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection was created as a direct result of this ongoing acquisitive art competition.

John Bokor is a finalist in the 2019 prize.

Image: The Red Velvet Lounge 2018 oil on linen 68 x 91cm

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May 14, 2019

JOHN BOKOR FINALIST IN THE SULMAN PRIZE AT THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

John Bokor is a finalist in the 2019 Sulman Prize, administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The Sulman Prize is awarded in the terms of the gift of the family of the late Sir John Sulman, to the best genre painting and/or mural project done by an artist resident in Australia during the five years preceding the date fixed by the Trustees for sending in entries.

'Four thirty pm is from a group of works I started making in 2017 depicting interior spaces. They are hybrid paintings of real and imagined scenes made using an airbrush and traditional painting tools. This painting took a very long time to resolve. I thought at one point in 2018 that it was finished and had it framed, only to realise early this year that it needed more work. I treated it as badly as it had me and sanded the surface down and reworked the whole painting, destroying most of what was underneath. When it was finally finished the light in the studio resembled the light in the painting. I checked my clock and it was 4.30pm' John Bokor, 2019

Image: JOHN BOKOR ' Four thirty pm' oil on board 125 x 147 cm

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November 12, 2018

JOHN BOKOR HIGHLY COMMENDED IN THE EMSLA ART AWARD

John Bokor has been awarded a highly commended in the 2018 EMSLA prize.

Now in its twelfth year, the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award comes to Wollongong to coincide with the city’s signature festival, Viva La Gong. Judged annually by critic and art historian John McDonald, the EMSLA has added prestige to the festival and increased still life’s importance as a genre in art.

9 November - 1 December 2018

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October 9, 2018

JOHN BOKOR FINALIST IN THE KEDUMBA DRAWING AWARD

John Bokor is a finalist in the Kedumba Drawing Award at Orange Regional Gallery. Now in its 29th year, the Award plays a vital role in fostering the production and appreciation of drawing in Australia. Initiated by Jeffrey and Marlene Plummer in 1989, the Kedumba Drawing Award has grown steadily. Each year, the Judge is an established artist whose only guideline is “to enrich and enhance the Collection”

The Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings, with over 230 works, is currently on long term loan to Orange Regional Gallery. It is an Orange Regional Gallery and Kedumba Trust partnership exhibition.

20 October to 2 December 2018.

October 5, 2018

STATE LIBRARY OF NEW SOUTH WALES PERMANENT COLLECTION

John Bokor's artwork, 'Collection Day' 2011 is now on permanent display at the State Library of New South Wales’ new galleries. The new space opens 6th October 2018.

'Collection Day' shows Organs Road, Bulli, looking east, the morning after garbage collection day. The bins, with lids flung open, capture the everyday aspect of suburban recycling practice. This loose and lively suburban street scene celebrates the commonplace.

'Collection Day', 2011, oil on board, 90 x 120cm

September 30, 2018

JOHN BOKOR, FINALIST IN THE TATTERSALL'S ART PRIZE

John Bokor is a finalist in the 2018 Tattersall's Art Prize with his work A Walk in the Park 2018, oil on canvas, 108x122cm.

A total of 93 artists across Australia accepted the invitation to articipate in the 2018 Tattersall's Club and Mercedes-Benz Toowong Landscape Art Prize Award. The prize is acquistive and the winning painting is added to the Club's art collection. The judging panel for 2018 includes Dr David Middlebrook, former Tattersall's Art Prize winner and senior painting lecturer, Mrs Bettina MacAuley, Gallery and Museum Consultant Antiques and Fine Art Valuer , Ms Angela Goddard, Director of Griffith University Art Gallery and Mr Stuart Waddington, Committee Member of Tattersall's Club.

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