Jan Senbergs

“Jan Senbergs is an extraordinary inventor of his own visual language, at once simple and bold. From lush landscapes to barren urban spaces, his body of work signifies an artist who has continually experimented with shape, form and motif, and one who to this day continues to push his art in new and unexpected directions.” Tony Ellwood

Jan Senbergs is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. He has been honored with several major institutional exhibitions, most recently with Jan Senbergs: Observation-Imagination, a comprehensive retrospective of his work at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Born in Latvia in 1939, Jan Senbergs arrived in Australia in 1950. He completed an apprenticeship in silk-screen printing and began exhibiting in the early 1960s. In 1966 he held his first exhibition at Rudy Komon Gallery in Sydney and later that year was awarded the Helena Rubinstein Travelling Art Scholarship. In 1973 he represented Australia at the Sao Paulo Biennale in Brazil, the first of many honours in an illustrious career including a special commission for a large-scale relief-mural for the High Court of Australia in Canberra in 1980, holding the position of member of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council from 1984-1987, Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria from 1984-1989 and in 1989 he was appointed the Visiting Professor – Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University, Boston, USA.

In 1993 a major survey exhibition, Imagined Sites - Imagined Realities was held at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, and he was awarded the William Dobell Drawing Prize by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney the same year. In 2006, a major exhibition surveying his drawing practice was curated by Elizabeth Cross for the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and toured regional Australia in 2007. In 2008, the Art Gallery of New South Wales hosted the survey exhibition Jan Senbergs: From Screenprinter to Painter to document Jan's development as an artist over the past 25 years.

Jan Senbergs' work is represented at the National Gallery of Australia and in all state galleries in Australia. Internationally his work is included in the collections of the National Gallery, Washington D.C; Wadsworth-Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas among others. He is the subject of the major monograph entitled Voyage and Landfall by Patrick McCaughey.

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Extended Melbourne labyrinth (2), 2013 acrylic and oil stick on paper 152 x 460cm 15890

Extended Melbourne labyrinth (2), 2013
acrylic and oil stick on paper
152 x 460cm
15890

Selected Stock

Jan Senbergs
Burnt trunk, 2014
acrylic on paper
67 x 47cm
17018

Jan Senbergs
Metro heat - January 2014, 2014
acrylic on paper
119 x 162cm
17022

Jan Senbergs
Swaying city, 2011
acrylic on paper
75 x 109cm
14540

Jan Senbergs
Castlepoint, NZ (2), 2009
acrylic on canvas
30 x 40cm
15203

Jan Senbergs
The threat of fire - Otways, 2005
oil on board
90.5 x 121cm
17051

Jan Senbergs
Wittenoon, 1988
pastel on paper
56 x 76cm
17881

Jan Senbergs
Opened Earth, 1993
pastel on paper
76 x 56cm
17882

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