Jan Sensbergs

Jan Sensbergs


Born 1939

First solo exhibition in Melbourne in 1960, followed by regular exhibitions mainly in Melbourne and in Sydney with Rudy Komon Gallery.

In 1964 was awarded the Commendation Prize for a young artist at the Georges Invitation Art Prize in Melbourne - judged by James Johnson Sweeney (ex-Director of the Guggenheim Museum in New York ) who purchased the work for his then Museum of Fine Art in Houston , Texas , USA .

In 1966 was awarded the Helena Rubenstein Travelling Art Scholarship, resulting in travel to Europe and England .

On return in 1967, began part-time teaching appointment at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology School of Art, which later became full-time until 1980, when resigned to concentrate fully on painting.

Represented Australia at the Sao Paolo Biennale in Brazil in 1973, followed by extensive travel in South America and the USA .

In 1975 appointed Creative Arts Fellow at ANU, Canberra and lived and worked there until the end of 1976.

1978-80 carried out large scale aluminium etched and anodised relief murals in the atrium of the new High Court of Australia in Canberra .

From a studio in Port Melbourne in 1981 began the Port Liardet painting series, based on Port Melbourne and its history and the works of its first settler, artist/hotelier Wilbraham Evelyn Liardet (1799-1878).

Exhibition of Copperopolis - Mt. Lyell paintings in 1983 based on the remote copper mines of South West Tasmania.

Travelled and worked in USA and Europe in 1984.

Extended journey through North-West Australia in 1986 resulting in the North-West and Wittenoom painting and drawing series.

1984-87 Member of Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council.

1984-89 Artist-Trustee at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne .

In 1987 invited to journey to Antarctica with the Australian Antarctic Division aboard the Icebird for their annual re-supply of Australian bases there. This resulted in the 1988 exhibition of the Voyage Six- Antarctica series.

Late in 1988 became artist in residence at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth . Visited North West Australia again including some Aboriginal settlements particularly Balgo to further own interests in Aboriginal art.

1989 appointed Visiting Professor - Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University, Boston, USA . Worked and taught there until returning to Australia in 1990.

In 1992-93 completed a large-scale painting and sculpture commission on the historic site of Australia 's first Government House, the Governor Phillip Tower in Sydney .

1994, extensive survey of paintings and drawings, Jan Senbergs, Imagined Sites- Imagined Reality , at the Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne.

Mid nineties - large scale work on paper culminating in the Sites in Cities series.

1997 - worked in encaustic medium at the Garner Tullis Art workshop in New York .

2001-Artist in residence at Newcastle Regional Art Gallery , N.S.W.

2001- Artist in residence at the Australia Council studio in Barcelona , Spain .

2003- Order of Australia -A.M.

2004- travel in Russia and Latvia

2005- Artist in residence at Arthur Boyd's Bundanon, N.S.W.

2005- Currently in production - a book- Voyage, Landfall. The Art of Jan Senbergs . Written by Patrick McCaughey. Melbourne University Press. Miegunyah Imprint.

Solo Exhibitions

1960 Richman Galleries, Melbourne .

1962 Argus Gallery, Melbourne .

1964 Georges Gallery , Melbourne .

1966 Rudy Komon Gallery, Sydney .
Georges Gallery , Melbourne .

1969 Rudy Komon Gallery, Melbourne .

1972 Gallery A, Melbourne.

1973 University of Western Australia , Perth .

1974 Sao Paolo Biennale, Sao Paolo , Brazil .

1975 Mornington Peninsula Arts Centre, Victoria , Jan Senbergs 1965-75 . Opened by John Brack.
Crossley Gallery, Melbourne - Screen prints.

1976 Albert Hall, Canberra .
University Gallery, Melbourne , Jan Senbergs - Paintings. Opened by Eric Westbrook.
Rudy Komon Gallery, Sydney .

1979 Rudy Komon Gallery, Sydney , Port Pastels.

1981 Rudy Komon Gallery, Sydney , Port Liardet Paintings.
Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne , Port Liardet Paintings.

1983 Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne , Copperopolis - Mt. Lyell .

1984 Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery , Hobart , Mining Landscapes - Mt. Lyell
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery , Launceston, Mining Landscapes - Mt. Lyell
RMIT Gallery, Selected Works - toured regional centres and t he Art Gallery Of NSW, Sydney

1986 Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne

1988 Powell Street Gallery, Voyage Six, Antarctica

1991 Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne
Australian Print Workshop. Melbourne

1992 Australian Galleries, Sydney , NSW

1993 Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne Jan Senbergs Imagined Sites - Imagined Reality

1995 Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney

1996 Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne

1999-2000 Armidale '42 Exhibition - collaboration with Col Madigan, Don
Watson, series of large scale drawings depicting the sinking of the HMAS Armidale in the Arafura Sea in December 1942. A Bendigo Art Gallery travelling exhibition to:
Ian Potter Museum , University of Melbourne
Armidale Regional Art Gallery NSW
National Gallery of Australia , Canberra ACT
Newcastle Regional Art gallery, NSW
Maritime Museum, Sydney , NSW
Australian War Memorial, Canberra , ACT

2001 Nick Mitzevich Gallery, Newcastle , NSW

2001 Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Sydney , NSW

2001 Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne , Victoria

2002 Long Arm Drawing - extensive exhibition, Monash University Gallery , Melbourne , Victoria
Bridget McDonnell Gallery, Melbourne , Victoria

2003 Exhibition with Colin Lanceley, Wollongong City Gallery, NSW

2003 Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Sydney , NSW

2004 Long Arm Drawing -Albury Regional Gallery, NSW


National Gallery of Australia , Canberra .
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart.
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA. (Prints).
National Gallery, Washington D.C., USA. (Prints).
Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA.
Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, New York, USA.
Artbank, Sydney.
Parliament House, Canberra.
High Court of Australia, Canberra
Federal Court, Melbourne
Law Council of Victoria, Melbourne
Museum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne
State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
TarraWarra Museum of Art, Yarra Valley, Victoria
Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT
Various regional galleries, universities, colleges, corporate and private collections in Australia and USA.
Corporate collections such as Western Mining BHP, Boston Consulting Group,ANZ, National Bank of Australia, among others.


1978-80 High Court of Australia Canberra - relief mural in lobby, 120 feet high, etched and anodised aluminum.

1979 National Bank of Australasia Tapestry - woven by Victorian Tapestry Workshop, South Melbourne.

1985-86 Commonwealth Serum Laboratories - The 70th Anniversary Commission and Touring Exhibition of Paintings.

1987 ANZ Bank - Bi- Centenary Series of paintings, commissioned by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart.

1989 Bond University, Queensland, Birth of a University - set of lithographs.

1991-93 Governor Phillip Tower, Sydney - First Government House site, Australia - The First Bush Block .

Awards and Prizes

1963 Morwell Art Prize, Victoria.

1964 Commendation Prize Georges Invitation Art Prize, Melbourne.

1966 Helena Rubenstein Traveling Art Scholarship, Adelaide.

1968 University of Tasmania Print Prize, Hobart.

1969 Newcastle City Art Prize, New South Wales.
Georges Invitation Art Prize, Melbourne.

1970 Launceston Art Purchase, Queen Victoria Art Museum and Gallery, Tasmania.

1972 Crouch Art Prize, Ballarat Art Gallery, Victoria

1975-6 Creative Arts Fellowship, ANU, Canberra.

1976 Sir William Angliss Art Prize, Melbourne.

1982 Georges Invitation Art Prize, Melbourne.

1983 L.J. Harvey Memorial Prize for Drawing, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.

1984 Fremantle Drawing Prize for Drawing, Western Australia/

1986 Honorary Award - Doctor of Arts Honoris Causa, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne.

1991 Kedumba Drawing Prize, Leura, NSW.

1994 William Dobell Drawing Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.


Selected Group Exhibitions

1961 Italian Government Travelling Scholarship Exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

1963 Georges Invitation Art Prize, Melbourne
Helena Rubenstein Traveling Art Scholarship Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.

1964 Georges Invitation Art Prize, Melbourne

1965 Survey: Leonard Crawford, Leonard French, George Johnston, Roger Kemp,Jan Senbergs , National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Young Australian Painters , Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan.
1966 Sixth International Graphics Exhibition, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia.
International Biennale of Graphic Art, Cracow, Poland.
International Print Biennale, Tokyo Japan.
Helena Rubenstein Traveling Art Scholarship Exhibition, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, awarded scholarship, judged by Kym Bonython, Hal Missingham, James Mollison.
Inaugural Exhibition, Crossley Gallery, Melbourne.
Australian Prints Today, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C., USA.
The Australian Painters 1964-66 Contemporary Australian Painting from the Mertz Collection , Adelaide Festival of the Arts, The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide and toured USA, 1966-67.

1968 Bradford Print Biennale, City Art Gallery and Museum, Bradford, UK work purchased, judged by S.W. Hayter, David Hockney and Jean Martinet, 1970.
Australian Art Today, Albert Hall, Canberra - toured Southeast Asia
Ten Printmakers , National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Contemporary Australian Prints (from Crossley Gallery, Melbourne) Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand.

1972 Australian prints, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.
George Crouch Prize, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Prize winner.

1978 Contemporary Australian Drawing , Art Gallery Of Western Australia, Perth and toured to Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane and the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Tribute to George Baldessin , Realities Gallery, Melbourne

1979 Images -Aspects of Image Paintindg in the 1960's, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne - included Paul Partos, Les Kossatz, Guy Stuart, Gareth Sansom and Jan Senbergs

1980 Contemporary Australian Printmakers 1, Print Council of Australia toured USA, Canada and Scotland

1983 Recent Australian Painting, 1970-83, Art Gallery of South Australia

1983 L.J.Harvey Memorial Prize for Drawing, Queensland Art gallery, Brisbane- prizewinner- judged by John Brack

1984 Fremantle Drawing Prize, Fremantle Arts Centre, W.A. -prizewinner

1985 The Dam , Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne and toured regional centres -included Dale Hickey, Clifton Pugh, John Olsen, Michael Shannon, Jan Senbergs

1986 Backlash Drawing Exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria curated by Dr. Ted Gott

1986 Austrlaian Art, 1960-86, Field to Figuration , National Gallery of Victoria curated by Robert Lindsay

1987 Painters and Sculptors of Australia , Queenslad Art Gallery, Brisbane and Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

1989 The Australian Legal Group - Contemporary Print Collection Exhibition, Australian Embassy, Washington D.C. USA -collection purchased by the National Gallery, Washington

1990 The City and Beyond, curateor Elizabeth Cross - toured Queensland, NSW and Victoria

1993 Identities-Art from Australia , Taiwan, curated by Deborah Hart

1996 Australian National UniversityArt Collection, Touring Exhibition
Four Visions of Antarctica , Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW

1996 Expressive Figuration , drawings by Kevin Connor, Pam Hallandal, Jan Senbergs, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
also travelled to Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Perth

1997 Swingtime- 1960s-70s , University of Western Australia- Art Collection, Perth

1998 Decalogue - Ten Years of Printmaking , Metropolitan Museum of Seoul, South Korea

1999 Clemenger Art Award Exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria

2001 Federation-Art and Society, 1901-2001 , National Gallery of Australia, curated by John Macdonald

2002 Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Sydney,N.S.W.

2003 William Buckly Rediscovered , Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria

2005 Contemporary Australian Drawing , National Gallery of Victoria

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  • Jan Sensbergs

    Ship 1979

    pastel on paper

    77 × 116 cm