Inge Doesburg — Biography

Inge Doesburg holds a Diploma in Fine Arts with Honours and a major in printmaking (1993) from the Otago Polytechnic. At 6 Castle Street, Dunedin, she co-founded in 1995 what would become the Inge Doesburg Gallery and Studio and, later in 2019, RDS Gallery directed by Hilary Radner, Inge Doesburg and Marie Strauss. In addition to running a gallery, Inge has exhibited her own work throughout New Zealand as well as in Japan, China, Australia and Germany. At the end of 2019, after over twenty years of dedicating herself to others, she retired from active gallery duty to focus on her own art. Over the years, she has expanded her practice beyond printmaking to include mixed media works, painting and photography, continuing to find her inspiration primarily in the landscapes and vistas of New Zealand’s South Island. David Eggleton, New Zealand’s Poet Laureate 2019-2021, describes her art in the following terms: ‘Doesburg delivers images of the land that look as if they’ve been scratched on pitted rock, then given patinas of orange lichen and silvery muttonbird fat. Tree bark, eel skin and fish skin spring to mind as you gaze at her print textures. . . . [T]he wild weather she depicts harks back to 19th century German Romantic landscapes. Sploshes of white or grey-blue are left to drip and animate surfaces, evoking fast-travelling fog, mist and cloud that dapples and darkens the light. In the end, all is atmosphere: squalls process across louring bluffs and headlands and hill crowns in a lashing, ecstatic frenzy.’


Inge Doesburg: Essay by Bridie Lonie