Waldemar Kolbusz

Australia 1969

Abstract Art, Painting

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Waldemar Kolbusz
Waldemar Kolbusz
Male
Australia
1969
March 21, 2016

Waldemar Kolbusz approaches his canvas and, without any preliminary idea, paints from the depth of his perception. His moves are strict, his colors are vivid, and his brush strokes are unscrupulously sharp. His abstract art evokes different feelings in every viewer. That is also his original intention – to be able to express himself and to portray what is out there, and if by doing that he finds the comparable recognition, even better. Born in Perth, Western Australia, this artist went on the road to truly find himself. While visiting Tokyo, Europe and traveling through America, he realized he needed to make painting more than his hobby – it became his real profession. This transition was done gracefully and his work is now praised worldwide.

From Finance to Painting

He started Visual Arts Studies and then transferred to Finance. Kolbusz completed a Bachelor of Commerce and worked in accounting for years. While working he caught himself gazing at the sky, looking at the ocean, feeling fascinated by the landscape around him. He then decided to quit his job and start a new career. He started painting in 1996, and in 1997 his most celebrated series, called Freeway, had begun. There is a special story behind this amazing set. He began his journey through the USA at Las Vegas, leaving artificial lights, plastic, kitsch and pleasures of short life span, behind him. Waldemar then continued to travel through deserts of Arizona and Nevada. There, he was smitten by the beautiful nature around him. He knew he had to leave accounting and start painting full time.

Waldemar uses sharp edges and hard visible lines and combines them with gorgeous colors

Waldemar Kolbusz - Flit (detail), 2014
Waldemar Kolbusz – Flit (detail), 2014

Made of Color

His paintings are made of heart and color. Waldemar Kolbusz always addresses his work from a double perspective. He is the artist and the audience, the viewer of art, the one who has to be touched by the painting. That is why he sometimes catches himself staring at the paintings, feeling deeply affected by his work, by the choice of colors, or the brush technique he used, or maybe feeling something entirely new. A mix of positive energy and stabilizing feeling of content are being transmitted from his abstract paintings. Waldemar uses sharp edges and hard visible lines and combines them with gorgeous colors and balancing texture. There is no hidden meaning behind his paintings. There is just a history of sentiment. This art is not be analyzed, it is to be enjoyed.

Waldemar uses sharp edges and combines them with gorgeous colors

Waldemar Kolbusz - Popsicle (detail), 2014
Waldemar Kolbusz – Popsicle (detail), 2014

Disclaiming One Hit Wonders

Expressionist paintings do not offer one-time enjoyment. They continue to amaze and submit reiterated effect. This is the case with Kolbusz abstract art. He starts with simple moves, then he adds color and leaves a painting as it is. When he comes back to it he continues to paint under the influence of the emotion he felt after just looking at those few brush strokes. This how a live painting is created, the one that can make a powerful impact on the audience. The paintings Waldemar make cannot be subsumed under a strict concept. They need to be given freedom to live, released from all definitions. While receiving critical acclaim worldwide, Kolbusz never got off his Freeway. He stays engaged in this metaphorical journey because he has a lot more to offer. The game of color and texture never ends.

The artist is represented by The Cat Street Gallery.

Waldemar Kolbusz lives and works in Perth, Australia.

All images © Waldemar Kolbusz

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Waldemar KolbuszRichard Martin Art, SydneySolo
2016Waldemar KolbuszMelbourne Art Fair with FLG, MelbourneGroup
2016Waldemar KolbuszRichard Martin Art, SydneySolo
2016Waldemar KolbuszAptos Cruz Galleries, AdelaideSolo
2015Waldemar KolbuszThe Cat Street Gallery, HONG KONGSolo
2015Waldemar KolbuszFlinders Lane Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2015Waldemar KolbuszRichard Martin Art, SydneySolo
2014Waldemar KolbuszThe Cat Street Gallery, HONG KONGGroup
2014Waldemar KolbuszFlinders Lane Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2014Waldemar KolbuszMelbourne Art Fair with FLG, MelbourneGroup
2014Waldemar KolbuszRichard Martin Art, SydneySolo
2014Waldemar KolbuszAptos Cruz Galleries, AdelaideSolo
2013Waldemar KolbuszThe Cat Street Gallery, HONG KONGGroup
2013Waldemar KolbuszRichard Martin Art, SydneySolo
2012Waldemar KolbuszGreenhill Gallery, PerthSolo
2011Waldemar KolbuszRichard Martin Art, SydneySolo
2011Waldemar KolbuszAptos Cruz Galleries, AdelaideSolo
2011Waldemar KolbuszAnthea Polson Art, Gold CoastSolo
2010Waldemar KolbuszRichard Martin Art, SydneySolo
2010Waldemar KolbuszAxia Modern Art, MelbourneSolo
2009Waldemar KolbuszAxia Modern Art, MelbourneSolo
2009Waldemar KolbuszLibby Edwards Galleries, BrisbaneSolo
2008Waldemar KolbuszRichard Martin Art, SydneySolo
2008Waldemar KolbuszAxia Modern Art, MelbourneSolo
2007Waldemar KolbuszMausell Wickes at Barry Stern Galleries, SydneySolo
2006Waldemar Kolbusz from 2006 to 2014Gunyulgup Galleries, Margaret RiverSolo
2006Waldemar KolbuszBarry Stern Galleries, SydneySolo
2006Waldemar KolbuszMahoneys Galleries, MelbourneSolo
2005Waldemar KolbuszBarry Stern Galleries, SydneySolo
2005Waldemar KolbuszAmelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong KongGroup
2004Waldemar KolbuszGunyulgup Galleries, Margaret RiverSolo
2003Waldemar KolbuszGunyulgup Galleries, Margaret RiverSolo
2003Waldemar KolbuszLibby Edwards Galleries, SydneySolo
2003Waldemar KolbuszLibby Edwards Galleries, MelbourneSolo
2003Waldemar KolbuszAgora Galley, New YorkGroup
2002Waldemar KolbuszLibby Edwards Galleries, SydneySolo
2002Waldemar KolbuszLibby Edwards Galleries, MelbourneSolo
2001Waldemar KolbuszGunyulgup Galleries, Margaret RiverSolo
2001Waldemar KolbuszIndigo Arts - Momentous Arts, SingaporeSolo
2000Waldemar KolbuszWarren de Maria Gallery, SydneySolo
1999Waldemar KolbuszWarren de Maria Gallery, SydneySolo
1999Waldemar Kolbusz from 1999 to 2006Pearlers Row Galleries, BroomeSolo
1998Waldemar KolbuszCode Red Art, PerthSolo
1997Waldemar KolbuszGadfly Gallery, PerthSolo
1996Waldemar KolbuszGadfly Gallery, PerthSolo