Landscapes time. This time it’s the watercolours of Joseph Zbukvic. I’ve no idea how to pronounce his name, but I know i love his work. I hold in high regard any painter who can show the over-painted subject of Venice in a way that makes me look at the city afresh. He’s not limited to Venice though, with work covering both urban and rural environments.
A sense of atmosphere is combined with visually absorbing compositions, which have a brilliant sense of focus that keeps you looking around the image, stopping here and there to admire the variations between a broad and tight focus.
A low chroma keeps his colours harmonious and avoids the common pitfall of the brightly coloured touristy images of Venice. Like Whistler’s etchings of the place, one gets a sense of the artist’s fascination with the light around him, rather than a postcard-type image that is peddled to the millions of tourists.