Waldemar Kolbusz is a contemporary Australian artist who embarked on a pivotal journey through the Arizona and Nevada desert in the late 1990’s searching for something.
Away from home and alien in a foreign landscape, his ensuing first solo exhibition Freeway has since developed into a vast and developing practice – and signalled the start of the artist’s commitment to painting. Before that there was work in studios in Provence and Portugal, conversations with a sculptor in New York and a lifelong spirited artistic fascination. Now there is also a return to figurative works and a widening of thinking.
The journey certainly continues. Today, painting from KolbuszSpace: a multi – purpose studio, gallery and project space under his direction in inner city Perth. For large walls for international businesses, for deliciously vacant spaces in five star hotels and international casinos, tete-a-tete with the hushed, lunch-time table-talk in savvy, city restaurants, beside the bed-side tables of affluent collectors – up against garage walls, for exhibitions and art fairs nationally and abroad.
Kolbusz is a weaver of moods, his yarn a palette of hues.
At 27, Kolbusz left finance and now this ex-accountant has no regrets swapping ballpoints for brushes. What began as a yearlong investigation for Kolbusz was met with art world approval. In 1996 he resigned completely from accounting to pursue a full-time commitment to painting.
His pieces have been widely commissioned and collected nationally and internationally. One art critic admires Kolbusz’s work for its “intertextuality”, while Belle magazine has used it for rather less conceptual reasons.
Kolbusz’s artworks truly seduce the viewer. His large canvases in oils combine rich colours which are often butted against deep dark stained backdrops. By using combinations of translucent colour and wax encaustic swipes of impasto texture, he achieves canvases busting for attention. Figurative works tease with images of perfection, but then something else.
Born in Perth to Polish parents, Kolbusz is a risk-taker with tireless energy. His instincts drew him to art at an early age. But Kolbusz remains primarily self-taught, abandoning visual arts studies at UWA and again more recently at Curtin University to start his gallery KolbuszSpace where he mentors and exhibits noteworthy, emerging artists. He paints full-time and exhibits regularly.
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1969 Born Perth, Western Australia
1987 Commenced Bachelor of Arts (UWA) Visual Arts Major
1991 Completed Bachelor of Commerce degree (UWA)
1994 Completed post-graduate studies (CPA), traveled
1996 Commenced full-time art practice
2020 Commenced Bachelor of Arts (Curtin) Visual Culture
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