Sebeok on Safari, painting by Sam Leach
Sebeok on Safari, painting by Sam Leach.
2013, oil and resin on linen and wood, 24 panels at 50 x 50cm each; overall dimension 200 x 300cm. Gippsland Art Gallery Collection. Purchased with the assistance of John Leslie OBE, The Robert Salzer Foundation, George Thomas and Deborah Somerville, Mragaret Ziffer and Rob Ziffer, Raynor and Brian Castles, Annette and John Gibson, Dr A.R and Mrs R.L Aitken and other private donations, 2014.
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Reproduced courtesy the artist.
This major 24-panel work is a history painting about art history. It reveals Sam Leach’s interest in seventeenth century Dutch landscape painting. Baroque forest and abstract, geometric landforms combine seamlessly to create a landscape that is both futuristic and romantic. Other elements make reference to American pop artist Jasper Johns and to German romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, while the title references Thomas Sebeok, a pioneer in the field of bio-semiotics.