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Detail for 'Artificial garden’'



Jan Senbergs

Australia, Latvia

29 Oct 1939 –

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    colour screenprint on offset lithographic paper
    68.4 x 55.6 cm image; 92.2 x 64.8 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. corner, pencil "J. Senbergs '68 ...".

    Gift of the artist 2008
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Jan Senbergs/Copyright Agency

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    Jan Senbergs

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  • About

    "The marbling effect in this screenprint is deceptive because it is created using photo-stencils – it reveals Senbergs' growing sophistication as a printmaker as well as contributing to the seductive dreamlike quality of the image."

    Hendrik Kolenberg
    [Hendrik Kolenberg, Jan Senbergs complete screenprints 1960-88, pg 43]

    "The artificial garden line came from something I read somewhere, and being aware of suburban gardens, their neatness and tidiness. With that certainty and rationality you can almost build a sculptural paddock. It is simpler – I wanted to be more clear-cut, cleaner than in the other screenprints, still retaining some sort of sculptural forms, even though it is flat. It was certainly away from natural reality. That’s why I called it artificial. A lot of this is sub-conscious you know … I think it is a mistake for artists to over-intellectualize or over analyze their work – I believe it can take away from the gut instinct that gives a work its particular idiosyncratic force."

    Jan Senbergs
    [Hendrik Kolenberg, Jan Senbergs complete screenprints 1960-88, pg 43]

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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