An Analysis Of Organic Teapot By Waldemar Kolbusz

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Waldemar Kolbusz, thoughtfully dubbed “Design Aficionado" by his peers and admirers, is an Australian, mostly self-taught artist who was born in 1969. While he went through formal schooling and training as an accountant, he began his full-time career as an artist in 2000 at thirty-one years old. By using oil, wax, and stained canvases, he focuses mainly in abstract paintings in solo and group exhibits that show emphasis on color and shape. Within these subcategories, Kolbusz deems his work as “expressionistic” and works to show contrast within hue and the movement within shape to evoke emotion and reactions from viewers. While his art is abstract, he focuses on life-like shapes and movements within his paintings by creating intense, organic …show more content…
While the piece itself is mostly oil paint, the artist Waldemar Kolbusz, uses wax layered on top of the oil. This combination of textures provides a unique finish that appears visually appearing due to its rough feeling and uneven consistency. In addition to the textural differences, the wax gives off different finishes, as wax dries matte while the oil paint still remains shiny. Beneath the wax follows a layering of oil paints that cover a contrasting variance of pigments. The background is a pale grey-white. The following paints build upon this grey background in a circular pattern in large, geometric blocks. The center of this painting is the brightest, most vivid and saturated color on the canvas, a concentrated, distinguishable red. Next in the layers are the following pigments, still maintaining the circular pattern, similar to a bullseye. Directly above the red is a deep navy, taking up roughly a third of the width of the canvas. Beside, and slightly under, the navy shows a light, almost watercolor appearing magenta. This washed-like appearance is possible due to the properties of oil paint and being soluble with paint thinner. This was most likely done by the artist to show perspective and provide depth within the piece in order to provide a most aesthetically pleasing painting. By covering this …show more content…
This piece not only follows suit in terms of utilizing bright, vivid, and highly concentrated colors, but also disregards lifelike shapes as models, as well. Instead, Kolbusz, like other abstract artists transformed realistic structures into shapes that are mostly indistinguishable, and thus abstract. Kolbusz also followed in the footsteps of other Australian abstract artists, such as Tachisme, who stated that life is “a most colorful, elegant, and shapely blot.” While it somewhat unusual for wax to be utilized as a medium within the abstract art community, it is widely accepted to push the boundaries of what is deemed acceptable, thus not making it surprising that artists like Kolbusz have begun to use it within their

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