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Calm night...down at the beach

synthetic polymer paint on canvas
167.5 × 338.5 cm
Place/s of Execution
Cairns, Queensland
Accession Number
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2008
© Reproduced courtesy Samantha Hobson and Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Many of Hobson’s works confront the unravelling of standards in her home community, which has led to chaotic and mindlessly tragic violence fuelled by drugs and alcohol, but she is also compelled by the spectacular beauty of the reef, the mud fats and the intensity of a bushfire. This monumental work celebrates the natural splendour of Cape York and flaunts her adventurous pictorial method akin to action painting. Here, Hobson recreates the solace of camping on the beach on a calm, clear night, staring at the glistening water and listening to the waves on the sand.