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Jan Senbergs

Australia, Latvia

29 Oct 1939 –

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  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    charcoal, pastel, acrylic wash on paper
    152.5 x 114.0 cm sight; 163.0 x 124.0 x 3.8 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. corner pencil, "J. Senbergs. 2000".

    Gift of Sharon Grey and Jeff Hall 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Jan Senbergs/Copyright Agency
    Artist information
    Jan Senbergs

    Works in the collection


  • About

    During the late 1990s, as a development of his enduring interest in urban and industrial imagery, Senbergs turned to the theme of mapping various sites and cities. This stemmed from a fascination with maps and cartography, particularly older maps of the world, medieval town maps and Mexican Aztec maps of villages - and their combinations of seemingly precise rendering of streets, with exaggerated bird’s eye view perspective of monuments. He embarked on a mapping project of his own for the next decade, in a series of drawings and paintings, giving vivid expression to the essence of each chosen city site through application of similar principles, combined with memory and imagination. His subjects ranged from Melbourne and Sydney to Newcastle, Wollongong, Port Kembla, Ballarat and such European sites as Barcelona and Venice.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

Other works by Jan Senbergs

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