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An image of Kitchen at Smacka's by Jan Senbergs

Jan Senbergs

(Australia, Latvia 29 Oct 1939 – )

Kitchen at Smacka's, from the series Kitchen at Smacka's
Place of origin
Media category
Materials used
black pastel

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.
Gift of the artist 1996
Accession number
© Jan Senbergs
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (4)

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, Newtown, Aug 2003, 26 (illus.), 27.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 13, 133 (illus.). 130

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

Exhibition history (2)

Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998

Contemporary Australian Drawing: 20 Years of the Dobell Drawing Prize: