Collection Online
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
About the work

Samantha Hobson was born in Lockhart River, the northern-most settlement on the east coast of Australia. She belongs to the Kuuku 'Ya'u (Sand Beach People) who live between the margins of the rainforest and the Coral Sea.

For Hobson the beach is a place to escape to and to remember her ancestors and in her painting Calm night...down at the beach she beautifully captures the glistening reef at night.

Hobson says, ‘On a very calm night we all go down the beach and camp down the beach … We sit around the campfire telling stories, listening to the waves on the sand … Reminds me of the old people’s story, when they were living right on the beach ... I like to share that feeling from old days with the old people — my grandmothers. I sit with them on the beach and we yarn a lot.’