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Every artist has special paintings hidden somewhere in the studio. Some works have that elusive magic which we constantly try to achieve. As artists, we hate selling those works quickly and usually keep them in the bottom drawer for a special occasion, whether that be an exhibition or art competition. For this exhibition at Red Hill Gallery, I have raided this drawer to find these hidden treasures. It is time for them to be seen. In the end that’s their purpose; to be enjoyed.
— Jopseph Zbukvic

"I try to achieve a balance of harmony between tonal values, design, colour and mood that will visually evoke the emotions between the viewer and the painting. Watercolour, with its subtle and gentle effects is a perfect medium to achieve this."

Joseph Zbukvic was born in 1952 in Zagreb, Yugoslavia and has resided in Australia since 1970.  He gained a Diploma of Art from Deakin University in 1974. Joseph is a member of Old Watercolour Society Club, Melbourne; Victorian Artists Society; Australian Guild of Realist Artists, Ltd and the Twenty Painters Society.  He has been painting full-time since 1978 and has had some thirty solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions.

Joseph Zbukvic is a leading master of watercolour 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 watercolours 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 labourer and the common man and it is these works that are also his finest paintings ever produced in watercolour.

Joseph 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.

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