Getting ready to paint
Where the grey matter kicks in
Paintings awaiting the return of the master
Pastel and the easel
Braced for a painting
All images from jzbukvic.com
Joseph Zbukvic was born in 1952 in Yugoslavia. In 1967 he enrolled into the University Ivo Leber to study languages and literature combining the performing and visual arts to pursue a teaching career. However this was interrupted in 1970 when, due to political unrest, he decided to emigrate to Australia. During this period Joseph was given the opportunity to return to art. He continued his formal education at Deakin University, Melbourne, graduating in 1974, gaining a Diploma of Art, majoring in Industrial Design.
In 1978 he took up painting full time, quickly establishing himself as one of the leading artists in the country, specialising in watercolour.
He lectures at the Charles Sturt University, Mitchell School of Arts, Melbourne University and the University of Western Australia. He has held over 40 solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, London and Texas. He is a member of the Victorian Watercolor Society and a long-standing member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society.
In 1998 he was nominated and accepted into the esteemed membership of the Australian Watercolor Institute and has won over 200 major art awards over his professional career. Joseph has travelled widely and is much sought after as a teacher, taking art courses all over Europe and the USA. His work is represented in many public and private collections all over the world.
(From The Tryon Gallery at tryon.co.uk)
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Venice Fish Market
The Last Run
All images from internationalmastersoff
The Boulevard, Cologna
"Painting precise locations is irrelevant; simply keep the character."
Joseph Zbukvic is a leading master of watercolor medium of his time. His impressive achievements and enormous success is due to his ability to transform any subject into visual poetic language. Covering an infinite variety of subjects, his sensitive, lyrical and atmospheric paintings have captured people and galleries from all around the world.
Due to his exceptional drawing skills and extraordinary abilities in art, he is proficient in any medium. However, it is his passion for watercolors that has led him to become a unique master of that medium. Although greatly admired for his soft moody impressions of rural life, Joseph also produces strong urban scenes and powerful equestrian images. He has always had a deep connection and affection for the laborer and the common man and it is these works that are also his finest paintings ever produced in watercolor.
He has continued to explore new subjects and fresh ways to express his vision by frequent overseas travel. He has reached a new level of technical ability, maturity and strength as he enters the fourth decade of his career.