Hertha Kluge-Pott was born in Berlin, Germany and arrived in Australia in 1958 after studying at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste and Braunschweig (Berlin Academy of Art) 1953-58. She studied printmaking at RMIT, Melbourne 1960-63. Her work was included in the Gallery's important early touring exhibition 'Australian print survey' in 1963. She has taught printmaking in Melbourne since 1967, principally at RMIT. In 1981 her work began to be influenced by the landscape and flora of the coast near Cape Bridgewater, in south west Victoria, a theme that has continued to underline her current work. 'Landmark' was etched onto a copper plate that had been used previously by the artist, and printed at her studio in Melbourne.
"I am looking at the land intensely, but I am not interested in making the conventional picture-stage. I am trying to convey the feeling of turbulent upside-down-downside-up in an inside-out and outside-in place. The initial work is exciting and relatively easy, but the follow up layering and defining with drypoint tools remains a long-lasting challenge - some plates have taken up to one year to 'complete'". (Sasha Grishin, 'Australian printmaking in the 1990s', Sydney: Craftsman House, 1997 pg. 152)
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, 1998
engraving, drypoint on copper, black ink on white BFK Rives paper
44.7 x 49.8 cm platemark; 60.1 x 65.8 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Hertha Kluge-Pott 1994".
Not on display
© Hertha Kluge-Pott
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Recent Etchings and Drypoints by Hertha Kluge-Pott, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, Collingwood, 29 Aug 1994–24 Sep 1994
Sites and Places, a survey, Hertha Kluge-Pott and Danny McDonald:
Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999
Contemporary Australian prints from the collection (2004), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Apr 2004–06 Jun 2004
Referenced in 3 publications
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 160 (illus.). cat.no. 137
Hilary Maddocks, Hertha Kluge-Pott: printmaker, cat. 235, Melbourne, 2015, 348.
Anne Ryan, Contemporary Australian prints from the collection, Sydney, 2004. cat.no. 22