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An image of Otway night by Jan Senbergs

Jan Senbergs

(Australia, Latvia 29 Oct 1939 – )

Otway night
Place of origin
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on canvas

198.0 x 259.0 cm stretcher

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, grey oil "J. Senbergs '94".
Purchased with assistance from Ruth Komon 1994
Accession number
© Jan Senbergs
Not on display
Further information

The subject of this work is related landscape on Victoria's south coast where Senbergs has a weekend retreat. It was in this area where the famous escaped convict John Buckley lived with an Aboriginal tribe during the middle of the 19th century. Buckley's portrait was painted by an early known Aborigianl artsit called Yakunda, depicting Buckley as being part European - part Aboriginal, with his ceremonial markings and western hat.

Senbergs, with typical interest in primitive art, has used this image as the centre-part of his painting. The rest of the work is a poetic night time evocation of the landscape: on the left, sweepting 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.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001

Bibliography (4)

Brian Hubber, William Buckley: Rediscovered, 'William Buckley: Rediscovered. A Curator's perspective', pg. 26-29, Geelong, 2001, 29, 32. 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. 42

Exhibition history (3)

Jan Senbergs: imagined sites, imagined reality, Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Bulleen, 01 Aug 1994–18 Sep 1994

William Buckley: Rediscovered:

Jan Senbergs: from screenprints to painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Apr 2008–25 May 2008