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…exhibits a clarity of depiction and a faithful exactness to his subject
matter tapping skillful drawing, masterful structural understanding and a remarkable watercolour technique to capture the enduring yet enigmatic tapestry of living.
Joseph Zbukvic was born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia in 1952. His formative years were spent on a small farm. This early experience gave him an understanding of man’s relationship with nature and it still influences his choice of subject matter today.
His early education was very versatile and included both performing and visual arts. His parents felt there was no future in a painting profession and enrolled him into a school of languages and literature to pursue a teaching career. This was interrupted when they migrated to Australia? first settling in Geelong, Victoria. Here he continued his formal eduction at Deakin University gaining a Diploma of Art in 1974 and majoring in Industrial design. During this course, he was introduced to watercolour medium and began painting again, achieving early success at local art competitions.
In 1976 Joseph took a position with the Victorian State Government as creative activities co-ordinator with the Department of Health, based in Melbourne. In 1976 he took up painting full-time and became a tutor at the Victorian Artists Society (1988 —1990). During this time he started teaching at Charles Sturt University in Bathhurst (1989-98). Earlier he became vice president at the Old Watercolour Society Club (1991-94). He was also the artist in residence Mimara Museum, Zagreb in 1992.
Joseph has won many awards including 1 prize and Gold Medal (1978. ‘97, ‘98) at the prestigious Camberwell Rotary Art Show. In 1986, ‘87, ‘88,90 Joseph was awarded The Alice Bale Watercolour Prize. Boasting numerous private and corporate collections his works hang at the VRC in Melbourne, Sheraton Towers Southbank, The Regent Hotel. The Cities of Camberwell, Queenscliff and Box Hill, The Cast Art Gallery and Historical Museum, The Grafton Regional Gallery and The Mimara Museum Zagreb.
Of his work Joseph says “my interest in painting began at a very early age. I grew up on a small farm in Europe where most of the work was done manually and in harmony with nature. I still find the landscape produced by this fine balance, the favourite subject for my paintings. I try to achieve the feeling of harmony not only in design and colour, but also in the relationship between the viewer and the painting. I find watercolour, with its gentle and subtle effects, a perfect medium to achieve this.”
Available for purchase are JosephZbukvic's teaching DVD's -
1. Atmosphere & Mood in Watercolour
2. Watercolour on Location
3. Watercolour Impressions
4. Rural France in Watercolour
$50 each plus P & H if applicable or call in and purchase at our gallery.