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"Hippy Days Arabian Nights"
by KATHERINE BOLAND
03-06-2017 - 07-07-2017

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"Hippy days Arabian Nights"
by KATHERINE BOLAND
03-06-2017 - 07-07-2017

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" Abstract Paintings Group Exhibition "
by CONCHITA CARAMBANO
03-06-2017 - 06-07-2017

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" Figurative BRONZE SCULPTURE"
by
ZYGMUNT LIBUCHA


30-04-2017 - 06-05-2017


ZL TALL SISTERS
( ZYGMUNT LIBUCHA)

Exhibition Comments:

  CONTEMPORARY  BRONZE SCULPTURE  

 

If my parents had had their way I would have been an engineer. Although I studied Electrical Sciences in my native Poland, I never completed my degree. I was yearning to learn a craft, to shape things with my hands. So, instead of fulfilling a parental ambition I became a silversmith. As Gdansk has a fine tradition in gold and silversmithery it was not too hard to find a silversmith to take me in. After three years of apprenticeship in Gdansk's leading workshop I passed my journeyman exam and shortly after I got my Master's Certificate. At the same time I was spending my evenings in a sculptor's studio next to my silversmithing workshop carving in wood and later creating sculptures in bronze.

In 1982 I migrated to Australia. The richness and beauty of Australian fauna and flora boosted my creativity profoundly and I became well known as a creator of many designs depicting Australian animals and flowers. From the beginning I was selling my works through Seasons Gallery in North Sydney, Beaver Gallery in Canberra and Maker's Mark in Melbourne. While living in Sydney I attended workshops with well-known sculptor John Gardner and made works mainly in bronze. Shortly after my move to Brisbane in 1988 I started to work in stone and operate now from my studio in Brisbane. Apart from bronze, I work in marble, granite, sandstone; and black Chillago marble is my favourite stone. In 1997 I stopped working as a silversmith and now I work as a full time sculptor.

Working for many years as a silversmith I developed a great need for details and even now when I sculpt on a large scale I cannot divorce myself from it. Although the amount of time I spend on each sculpture increases enormously, the more it takes the better. I guess, I want to enjoy every piece of stone as long as possible. I love to carve in marble the most intricate and crisp lines and lack of forgiveness of stone makes it more challenging. I create both figurative and abstract works and there are always several of them in my studio to appreciate.

 

Artist Statement:

 

CONTEMPORARY  FIGURATIVE  BRONZE SCULPTURE 

It's 27 years since my son and I came to Australia. We didn't arrive here barefoot (contrary to the photo in the news article), but I did need help and was amazed to discover how generous this country was. The picture was taken a couple of weeks later - the Opera House was, for us, the eighth wonder of the world.

We landed in the country on a Saturday and were taken to Villawood migrant centre. I couldn't wait to start a new life. Having been a successful silversmith in Poland, I went to look for work on Monday. On Tuesday I was working for myself at a bench in a jeweller's workshop, rent free - the ultimate act of goodwill. I found an untapped market for quality Australiana and sold my work all over the country.

Working for many years as a silversmith I developed a great need for details and even now when I sculpt on a larger scale I cannot divorce myself from it. Although the amount of time I spend on each sculpture increases enormously, the more it takes the better. I guess I want to enjoy every piece of stone as long as possible. I love to carve in marble the most accurate and crisp lines and the unforgiveness of stone makes it more challenging. I mainly work in Carrara or Black Chillagoe marble.

All sculptures in the catalogue are created in Brisbane. Marble sculptures are obviously one-of-a-kind. Bronze sculptures are in edition of 25 or 50, depending on the size. Many pieces are available for immediate sale, if not, the casting of bronzes and finishing them may take up to 6 weeks.

Artwork visual and artwork enquiries on application.  Commissioned works on application. 


View all works in this exhibition by ZYGMUNT LIBUCHA
View all work by ZYGMUNT LIBUCHA