(Australia, Latvia 29 Oct 1939– )
198.0 x 259.0cm stretcher
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
4162 (Author), Jan Senbergs: Complete screenprints 1960-88, Sydney, 2008, 12 (illus.).
Patrick McCaughey (Northern Ireland; Australia, b.1943) (Author), Voyage and landfall: the art of Jan Senbergs, Carlton, 2006, 190 (colour illus.), 191.
Barry Hill (Australia) (Author), David Turnbull (Australia) (Author), Brian Hubber (Australia) (Author), William Buckley: Rediscovered, Geelong, 2001, 29, 32. cat.no. 34
Jan Senbergs (Australia; Latvia, b.1939), Hendrik Kolenberg (Netherlands; Australia) (Author), Jan Senbergs: imagined sites, imagined reality, Bulleen, 1994, front cover (colour illus.), 39. cat.no. 42
Jan Senbergs: imagined sites, imagined reality, Museum of Modern Art at Heide, 01 Aug 1994–18 Sep 1994.
William Buckley: Rediscovered, Geelong Art Gallery, 12 May 2001–08 Jul 2001.
William Buckley: Rediscovered, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, 20 Jul 2001–26 Aug 2001.
Jan Senbergs: from screenprints to painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 27 Apr 2008–25 May 2008.