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Title

Kitchen at Smacka's, from the series Kitchen at Smacka's


Artist

Jan Senbergs

Australia, Latvia

29 Oct 1939 -


About

Drawing has been central to Senbergs’ practice since the late 1970s. Kitchen at Smacka’s is a panoramic view of the artist’s studio, a cavernous space in inner Melbourne which had previously been occupied by a nightclub prominent on Melbourne’s jazz scene, named after its owner, Smacka Fitzgibbon. In the first two sheets of the four part drawing, the semi-circular dance floor can be seen, which Senbergs has retained; in the fourth sheet is the old bar.

Senbergs only submitted the third and fourth sheets of this quartet of drawings to the Dobell Prize in 1995. After they won and were thus acquired for the AGNSW collection, the artist gifted the first and second sheets of the quartet to the gallery.


Details


Place where the work was made

Australia


Date

1995


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

black pastel


Dimensions

153.5 x 116.0 cm sheet; 153.5 x 232.0 cm diptych overall; 153.5 x 464.0 cm quartet overall; single frame dimension 165.5 x 126.0 x 5.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the artist 1996


Location

Not on display


Accession number

504.1996.1


Artist information

Jan Senbergs

Works in the collection

61


Place

Where the work was made
Australia

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Hendrik Kolenberg, Contemporary Australian Drawing: 20 years of the Dobell Prize for Drawing, ‘Introduction’, pg. 6-14, Sydney, 2012, 7, 24, 25 (illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Drawing a winner: a decade of Dobell prizes shows us how and why', pg. 24-27, Sydney, Aug 2003, 26, 27 (illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 8 (illus.), 13, 133 (illus.). cat.no. 130

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'A fine harvest of drawings: legacy of an exceptional draughtsman', pg. 28-31, Sydney, Nov 2011, 30.