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Black harbour



Henry Šalkauskas


06 May 1925 - 01 Sep 1979


Henry Salkauskas was born in Lithuania. During the Second World War he studied graphic art at the Meister Schule für Kunst in Danzig. He fled with his mother to West Germany in 1944, eventually settling in Freiburg. He studied at the Freiburg University and L'Ecole des Arts et Métiers 1946-49, where he studied drawing and 'graphic art', concentrating on relief prints, especially linocuts. In May 1949 he migrated with his mother to Australia and settled in Canberra. He befriended Hector Gilliland, who nominated him for membership of the Artists' Society of Canberra, with which he exhibited five linocuts in 1950. In March 1951 he moved to Sydney and joined the Contemporary Art Society. He remained committed to printmaking in the 1950s and actively promoted it, organising the 'First Australia-wide graphic art exhibition' by the Society in 1960 with fellow Lithuanian-born artist Eva Kubbos and support from the Lithuanian community, and exhibited two monotypes. In 1957 he was elected President of the Society, and the following year, after attending a lecture by Jim Hays on screenprinting, began to make screenprints. He was a foundation member of the Sydney Printmakers group in 1961 (with Kubbos, Vaclovas Ratas and critic Laurie Thomas their first president). Their aim was to encourage and promote prints and printmaking in Sydney. Salkauskas stopped making prints in 1965, turning to painting in watercolour and gouache.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, 1998




Media category


Materials used

linocut, printed in black ink on ivory wove paper




51.6 x 36.8 cm blockmark; 64.1 x 49.3 cm sheet

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "Henry Salkauskas ... 1961".


Gift of the artist 1962


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Henry Šalkauskas

Works in the collection


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 2 publications


Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 86, 87 (illus.). 72

Anne Ryan (Curator), Sydney prints: 45 years of the Sydney Printmakers, Sydney, 2006. List of works.