An image of Observatory I

Jan Senbergs

(Australia, Latvia 29 Oct 1939 – )

Observatory I

Location
Not on display
Further information

"In this particular print I tried to use a figure, nobody in particular, just some head I picked up from some magazine, just a head from a crowd scene. But I soon dismissed that because it was too specific.
I only did it once. In the sixties screenprinting was really big
in London, with Hockney, Boshier, Hamilton and Paolozzi. They were Pop orientated, figurative and quite clear cut. I didn't want that. I was going in a different direction. I wanted ambiguity, to create my own kind of imagery, without the human form. I felt that if you put a human figure in, then straightaway you gave an indication of the scale around them. I didn't want that. I wanted to leave it ambiguous."

Jan Senbergs
[Hendrik Kolenberg, Jan Senbergs complete screenprints 1960-88, pg 40]

Year
1968
Media
Print
Medium
colour screenprint on cartridge paper
Dimensions
74.0 x 61.0 cm image; 88.0 x 70.0 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "J. Se(illeg.) [signature] ....'68".

Credit
Gift of the artist 2008
Accession number
287.2008
Copyright
© Jan Senbergs