Waldemar Kolbusz

Born in Perth to Polish parents, Kolbusz has embraced the Eastern European work and life ethic. He 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 the University of Western Australia to graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Kolbusz pursued his accounting career which lead him to the coastal town of Esperance. Confronted by its unique and unforgiving light and landscape, its vastness and vibrant aqua ocean, it became obvious a career change was imminent. Later returning to Perth and travelling regularly, Kolbusz found himself questioning his priorities. In 1994, he negotiated a three day working week to afford more time to paint. In 1996 he resigned completely from accounting to pursue a full-time commitment to his practice.

Kolbusz creates non-representational paintings that resound with vibrant colour and pulsate with abstract energy. Through his gestural mark-making and application of paint Kolbusz allows his compositions to develop. The resulting works resonate with colour and an organic sense of aesthetic balance.

The journey certainly continues. Today, painting from house and studio in 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 “self-indulgence” for Kolbusz has now met with art world approval.

Geometry and gesture converge dynamically in the canvases of Waldemar Kolbusz to achieve a vigorous synthesis at once sensual and architectural. Like Brice Marsden and very few other contemporary painters, Kolbusz has been able to extend the lessons of the Abstract Expressionists and turn them to his own ends in order to forge a visual vocabulary altogether his own.

It is built up on both an intellectual comprehension of the painterly tradition to which he belongs and an intuitive ability to trust the spontaneous impulses of his own sensibility.” – Critic, Byron Coleman (2004)


Waldemar Kolbusz

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