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Title

Otway night

1994


Artist

Jan Senbergs

Australia, Latvia

29 Oct 1939 -


About

'Otway night' by Jan Senbergs depicts the landscape of Victoria's south coast where the artist has regularly spent time. It was in this area that the famous escaped convict William Buckley lived with the Wathaurong people of the Geelong area from 1803–35. Buckley was depicted by Kwat Kwat artist Tommy McRae with both European and Aboriginal attributes in a series of drawings made in the late nineteenth century.

Senbergs has used this image in the centre of his painting, surrounded by a poetic evocation of the night-time landscape. On the left, the artist represents the sweeping coastline near Airey's Inlet and a view of Lorne under moonlight; on the right, Angahook Creek and the marshy flat of the Inlet. At the top of the composition is Senberg's homage to Arthur Boyd, with two lovers copulating in the bush.


Details


Place where the work was made

Victoria Australia


Date

1994


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on canvas


Dimensions

198.0 x 259.0 cm stretcher


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, grey oil "J. Senbergs '94".


Credit

Purchased with assistance from Ruth Komon 1994


Location

Not on display


Accession number

594.1994


Artist information

Jan Senbergs

Works in the collection

61


Place

Where the work was made
Victoria

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Brian Hubber, William Buckley: Rediscovered, 'William Buckley: Rediscovered. A Curator's perspective', pg. 26-29, Geelong, 2001, 29, 32. cat.no. 34

Hendrik Kolenberg, Jan Senbergs: Complete screenprints 1960-88, 'From screenprinter to painter', pg. 7-13, Sydney, 2008, 12 (illus.).

Patrick McCaughey, Voyage and landfall: the art of Jan Senbergs, 'The trackless bush and the mapped city 1995-2004', pg. 188-221, Carlton, 2006, 190 (colour illus.), 191.

Jan Senbergs and Hendrik Kolenberg, Jan Senbergs: imagined sites, imagined reality, Bulleen, 1994, front cover (colour illus.), 39. cat.no. 42