An image of Otway night

Jan Senbergs

(Australia, Latvia 29 Oct 1939 – )

Otway night

Not on display
Further information

'Otway night' by Jan Senbergs depicts the landscape of Victoria's south coast where the artist has regularly spent time. It was in this area that the famous escaped convict William Buckley lived with the Wathaurong people of the Geelong area from 1803–35. Buckley was depicted by Kwat Kwat artist Tommy McRae with both European and Aboriginal attributes in a series of drawings made in the late nineteenth century.

Senbergs has used this image in the centre of his painting, surrounded by a poetic evocation of the night-time landscape. On the left, the artist represents the sweeping coastline near Airey's Inlet and a view of Lorne under moonlight; on the right, Angahook Creek and the marshy flat of the Inlet. At the top of the composition is Senberg's homage to Arthur Boyd, with two lovers copulating in the bush.

Place of origin
Victoria, Australia
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
198.0 x 259.0 cm stretcher; 201 x 262.0 x 4.5cm framed
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, grey oil "J. Senbergs '94".

Purchased with assistance from Ruth Komon 1994
Accession number
© Jan Senbergs